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Man Who Drowned in Calumet River was Intoxciated: Autopsy

By Kyla Gardner | June 12, 2013 8:59pm
 Officials rescued one man and pulled another from the Calumet River Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Men in Calumet River
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CHICAGO — Alcohol intoxication played a role in a man's accidental drowning in the Calumet River Tuesday, according to a Wednesday autopsy.

Neil Karas, 39, of the 13000 block of South Burley Avenue, was pulled from the water after an hours-long search Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were notified of a person in the water about 2:45 p.m. in the 13700 block of South Hoxie Avenue, police said.

Karas was pulled from the water near 134th Street, fire officials said about 8 p.m. He was dead on the scene.

An autopsy from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Karas' death an accident.