William Wilkinson died attempting to save Jennifer Torres from drowning, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 25, 2011. Torres, 18, fell into the Delaware River from a pier along the bank and was quickly carried away by a strong tidal current. A friend who was present, William, 17, high school student, jumped into the river from the pier after her. He reached Torres, but they became separated and Torres was swept farther away. A man arriving at the pier to fish was alerted to the situation. He jumped into the water, swam to Torres, and took her to the bank, aided by another man. William, meanwhile, struggled to stay afloat as others attempted to rescue him, and he then submerged. His body was recovered from the river the following day. He had drowned.
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