NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police divers have recovered a body from the same area of the West End Canal where a Good Samaritan disappeared during the rescue of two men from a submerged vehicle. Police said the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will determine official cause of death and release the victim's name upon completion of autopsy and notification of family.
Earlier Wednesday, weather conditions and a swift current in the West End Canal prevented an NOPD dive team from searching for Frank Williams. Two divers later entered the water to resume their search.
A private diver hired by the Blue Crab restaurant, where the victim worked, was also willing to search, but he didn't find anything.
Williams, 50, jumped into the canal Tuesday night after a car crashed into the water near the 7900 block of Lakeshore Drive. Others were able to free the two men from the submerged car. They were taken to the hospital, where the driver died.
Williams' son said that's just the kind of man his father was, always helping others - even strangers.
"Anybody who sees this, I just want them to know that's how you should be, like that's normal, that's supposed to be normal, like to see a person who needs help, you should help them," said Frank Clark. "This type of water, you've got hypothermia, the temperature, cramps, his age, and you're helping another person who's probably panicking, you know what I'm saying? So, I'm just trying to get everybody to take that into consideration. Like, we're not blaming nobody, he was just trying to help."
According to the NOPD, the two men were asked to leave the Blue Crab restaurant before the crash. For some reason, the driver of the car drove forward into the water instead of reversing into the parking lot.
Williams' family says he had been working at the Blue Crab since 2015.
He is survived by his wife, his son and three grandchildren.
The two men inside the car have not yet been identified.