Survivor: I lost 2 good friends in river accident

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Jan 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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 was rescued from the river on Monday and treated at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Hospital officials say he was released Wednesday.

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

Twenty-six-year-old Ken Hoang, of St. Paul, was pronounced dead after he was pulled from the river Monday.

Chicago police divers are resuming their search for Hoang's other friend, a 21-year-old woman, Wednesday.

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