2 Die in canal wreck, including rescuer

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) - Search crews have found the body of a man who jumped into the water off the New Orleans Lakefront to rescue two men from a sinking vehicle.

The man was identified by family as Frankie Williams.

New Orleans police said his body was found Wednesday afternoon. The coroner's office, which has not officially identified the body, will determine the official cause of death.

New Orleans police said that Williams was working at the Blue Crab Restaurant around 7 p.m. when a car drove into the canal at the New Orleans lakefront. There were two men inside of the car.

Investigators said Tuesday that the two men were at the restaurant earlier in the evening, causing a disturbance. Police told WDSU that the men were asked to leave.

Shortly afterward, the men got into a car and the driver accelerated into the canal, police said. Williams and other bystanders jumped into the water to rescue the men, but Williams never returned to land.

The driver and passenger were taken to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead. The passenger is in stable condition.

U.S. Coast Guard crews resumed their search for Williams Wednesday morning and divers with New Orleans police entered the water Wednesday afternoon.

WDSU reporter Jennifer Crockett said the restaurant owner also hired a private diver to look for Williams. The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and boat to find the man.

Additional details were not released.


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