We're learning more Tuesday night about one of three men who drowned in Lake Michigan over the weekend as high waves swept Michigan's west coast.
Dr. Donald Liu was a well-known Chicago Pediatric Surgeon who dedicated his life to helping children, and lost it while saving them.
The 50 year-old was with his wife for a weekend getaway Sunday morning, when he spotted two kids who had fallen out of a kayak and were struggling in the water off the coast of Chikaming Township. The children made it to shore unharmed, but he was swept away by a riptide.
Now friends, family and colleagues are remembering Dr. Liu as a man considered a hero in life, and in death.
"The fact that Don would drop everything to save a child is what made him who he was,” said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, U.C. Head of Surgery. This doesn't surprise any of us."
"What struck me was that he was going to rescue kids,” said close friend John Cunningham, MD. “And that's what he spent his whole adult career doing."
So far this year, there have been 69 drownings on the Great Lakes, with at least one person still missing. Eight of those deaths have happened since the beginning of August.