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Bodies of father, family friend who tried to save Milwaukee boy are found

The 10-year-old boy went into a rain-swollen drainage ditch Monday chasing a soccer ball, and his father and a family friend tried to save him. All three died.
/ Source: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — The bodies of two men who went into a rain-swollen drainage ditch in Milwaukee to try to save a 10-year-old boy have been recovered, officials said Thursday.

The discovery comes three days after the three people were swept into a tunnel that runs under a road, shortly after a storm dropped heavy rainfall. The body of Mohammed Roshidulcah, of Milwaukee, was recovered Tuesday about a mile and a half downstream from the tunnel’s exit.

The child ran into the ravine chasing after a soccer ball, police said.

Emergency personnel assess the area after three people went missing near a drainage ditch in Milwaukee. The victims include two men and a child.
Emergency personnel assess the area after three people went missing near a drainage ditch in Milwaukee. The victims include two men and a child.WTMJ

The bodies of the child’s father and a family friend, both of whom followed the boy into the drainage ditch, were found Thursday several miles downstream of the tunnel. Divers, boats, people walking along the shore, drones and sonar equipment were used in the search, Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said.

Lipski said the three victims were part of an “extremely tight-knit and very strong” community.

“Not any one of us can imagine what such a huge loss to this community must feel like,” he said at a news conference Thursday.

The boy went into the water about 6 p.m. Monday and started to struggle, police said. His father jumped into the water and gave him a “bear hug” in an attempt to rescue him. When that proved unsuccessful, another adult then leaped in after them and attempted to create a “human chain” while holding on to something near the shore.

The second man lost his grip and the three were swept away by the current.