Survivor: I lost 2 good friends in river accident

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota student who survived after he and two others fell into the icy Chicago River says he lost two good friends in the ordeal.

Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang (HWANG) was rescued from the river Monday and treated at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Hospital officials say he was released Wednesday.

He issued a statement through the hospital that says one of his friends died in his arms and he saw the other drift away. Hoang says he’s never felt so helpless.

Hoang is a 23-year-old senior from Vadnais Heights.

Twenty-six-year-old Ken Hoang, of St. Paul, was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the river Monday. Chicago police divers are searching the river for Hoang’s other friend, a 21-year-old woman.

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