Bodies of 2 men recovered in Port Huron river identified

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
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Authorities have released the names of the men whose bodies were recovered Wednesday from the Black River in Port Huron.

The men have been identified as Sumith Jacob Alex, 32, of Clinton Township and Robert John Lewandowski, 47,  of Port Huron.

Both men were found at about 10 p.m. in the river, officials with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

They also said Thursday autopsies on their bodies are scheduled to be conducted in the afternoon.

Police said they received a call at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday about a man, later identified as Lewandowsky, who fell out of an inflatable dinghy into the river near the Domtar Paper plant about a quarter-mile south of the Interstate 94 bridge.

A call came in a short time later that a second man, later identified as Alex, jumped into the water to help, according to officials. Both men disappeared into the water.

Port Huron firefighters launched a boat into the water to search for them. The boat was joined by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel and a heliocopter in the search.

The sheriff's Marine Division deployed its dive team in the area, but the divers were also not able to find the two men.

Authorities recovered Lewandowski's body using sonar equipment at about 8:30 p.m., police said. He was found in 16 feet of water about 150 feet away from where the search began and about 25 feet from shore, officials said.

They found Alex's body at about 9:30 p.m. a little farther up river and about 25 feet from shore, police said.

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Staff writer Charles E. Ramirez contributed.