The physique of a Louisville man who jumped into the Ohio River to save lots of a girl was discovered greater than three months later, officers say.
Police in Newburgh in southwestern Indiana discovered the stays of 34-year-old Adam Thomas on Saturday, April 2, on the Old Lock and Dam space. His physique had washed 100 miles downstream after he jumped within the Ohio River in Louisville on Jan. 13, in accordance with police.
Thomas, nor the lady he tried to rescue, by no means made it again to shore, officers stated. Both have been presumed to have drowned.
“The actions of Mr. Thomas were a true act of heroism and took great courage,” Maj. Jonathan Scully stated. “Mr. Thomas placed himself in harms way in order to help another and ultimately sacrificed his life in doing so.”
The identification of the lady Thomas was trying to save lots of has not been publicly disclosed. Witnesses stated she was strolling “erratically” towards the river as a number of tried to cease her earlier than she jumped in, WHAS reported in January.
Heb Dearinger, who witnessed the bounce and tried rescue, advised WHAS that Thomas struggled within the water for as much as a minute earlier than he went underneath.
“It was real hard to watch,” Dearinger stated. “Everyone just kind of stood around. Nobody could really do anything for him.”
Another observer, Anthony Slowinski, stated Thomas didn’t hesitate in attempting to rescue the lady.
“He wanted somebody to do something and when me and the other guy clearly weren’t going to get into the water, he was like, ‘Well I guess it’s going to be me.’” Slowinski advised WLKY. “And even through the shock of it all, rationally if you looked out, you could see there wasn’t any reaching her but I guess he was just so overwhelmed with wanting to do something, he felt like he needed to be the one.”
Thomas was described in a Facebook memorial submit as “an amazing son, brother, father and friend to all.”
His mom, Betsy Thomas, stated he typically went out of his manner to assist strangers.
“I think people might think it’s a random act of kindness, but that’s just what Adam did,” she stated in January, the Courier-Journal reported. “It wasn’t a random act.”