MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ) – A Clinton Township man drowned Sunday night trying to rescue a child that fell into the Clinton River. The incident happened in Mount Clemens as the 24-year-old victim was on the boardwalk with a friend and her 3-year-old son.

Police say the child was trying to feed ducks when he slipped and fell into the water, about 10-to-15 feet deep. Joshua Trailer, who did not know how to swim, went in after the child. Witnesses told police that he immediately struggled in the water and did not resurface.

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A nearby fisherman who saw what happened went in immediately and was able to recover the boy but could not locate the victim.

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First responders say Trailer’s body was in the river for an hour before an underwater camera was able to locate him and divers brought him to shore.

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