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Lawsuit Settled In Drowning During Rescue Attempt

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PONTIAC, Mich. (WLNS) - A lawsuit filed by the family of a Michigan man who drowned in 2011 during an unsuccessful effort to rescue a 16-year-old whose canoe overturned has been settled for about $950,000.

The lawsuit by the estate of Douglas Killingbeck in Oakland County Circuit Court was settled last week.

The 48-year-old Milford man drowned in the Huron River while attempting to rescue 16-year-old John Przydatek of Macomb County's Harrison Township from choppy water at the base of a dam in Milford. Both Killingbeck and Przydatek were pulled underwater and drowned.

Przydatek and another 16-year-old were in a rented canoe as part of a trip organized by Knox Presbyterian Church.

The second teen made it to shore. The lawsuit said several defendants, including the place where the canoe was rented, failed to protect people from the dam.

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