Man who fell into St. Marys River ID’d

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The man who fell into the St. Marys River Sunday night and died suffered heart failure, an autopsy determined.

It was just before 8 p.m. when Fort Wayne firefighters responded to the river near Fairfield and Gerke avenues on a report that someone fell into the water.

Crews launched a raft and were able to locate the victim in about 12 minutes.

Medics took that person to a hospital, but he did not survive.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as John O. Eiffel, 71, of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found he died of Cardiac Arrhythmia Due Congestive Heart Failure Due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and his death was ruled natural.

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