1 dead, 2 recovering after women pulled from Detroit River

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — One woman is dead and two others recovering after they were pulled early Friday from the Detroit River at a park on the city's east side, police said.

Detroit Police Cpl. Dan Donakowski said police officers were called about 3:45 a.m. to Alfred Bush Ford Park on Lenox Street and near Jefferson and Dickerson for a report of three adults in the water.

He said police pulled the three women out of the river.

Keeth Williams, commander of the department's 5th Precinct, said a preliminary investigation revealed the three women were at the park and on the river's bank when one of them fell into the water. The women are not being identified at this time.

He said the two other women jumped in to help the first woman. They were able to get the first woman out of the river, but one of the two women who tried to help "did not make it out" and died, he said. "And that's what we have so far."

Williams made the remarks during an 11 a.m. news conference at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in downtown Detroit.

He said investigators were told a woman went to stand up and slipped into the river. The other two went in the river after her and were able to save her, he said. "One of them, unfortunately, ended up not making it out."

The commander said it's still too soon to tell whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident. 

He added the park was closed at about 10 p.m. Thursday and that it has barriers between the land and the river. 

The women are ages, 19, 26, and 35, the commander said. He said the deceased victim was going to turn 20 soon.

"It's just a very unfortunate incident," Williams said. "My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family. I couldn't imagine something like this happening to one of my kids."