(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) Dr. Donald Liu did not hesitate when he saw the two boys struggling to swim in the rough Lake Michigan waters.
Despite objections from his children, who were worried about the dangerous conditions, Liu raced down the beach in Berrien County, Mich., and plunged into the lake to help the boys, who had fallen out of a kayak, according to Liu's wife and authorities.
An elite pediatric surgeon from Chicago, Liu made it to the swimmers, said his wife, Dr. Dana Suskind. But the rip current surging below the 5-foot waves dragged the doctor underwater, said Bruce McKamey, a police officer for Chikaming Township.
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