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Seminarian drowns saving woman

July 12, 2016

A student at Mount St. Mary's seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is missing and presumed dead after he disappeared in the Arkansas River, after saving a woman from drowning.

Brian Bergkamp was among several kayakers who were caught in rough waters. Bergkamp jumped out of his kayak to aid a woman who was being pulled under the stream, and was successful in saving her, but was unable to reach the shore himself.

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  • Posted by: Travelling - Jul. 12, 2016 9:17 PM ET USA

    May the Lord bless his family and may he rest in peace.

  • Posted by: mhains8491 - Jul. 12, 2016 7:03 PM ET USA

    Man has no greater love than to lay down his life for his neighbour. Rest in peace Brian Bergkamp, good and faithful servant.