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KANKAKEE — A Merrillville, Ind., man died from injuries he sustained in an accident on the Kankakee River in unincorporated Kankakee on Wednesday afternoon.

James G. Brosch, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:17 p.m., according to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner.

The preliminary cause of death is a cervical spinal injury due to a fall from height, Gessner said. A final cause of death awaits toxicology results.

The accident occurred at approximately 1:21 p.m.

According to Kankakee County Sheriff's investigators, Brosch either dove into the river or fell as he reached for a rope on a branch from a tree on the shore line of a river island. He did not surface. He was pulled from the water and CPR was started.

First responders transported Brosch via boat from the island to the river shore in the 2700 block of River Road where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Gessner said the depth of the river was two feet.

Brosch was on the river with relatives, Gessner said.

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