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6/23/2014 10:12:00 AM
Search resumes for missing boater

Rescue crews from the Morris and Minooka Fire Departments are searching the Illinois River this morning for a woman who went missing Sunday afternoon.

Coal City Fire Protection District personnel were called to the Dresden Lock and Dam at 3:30 p.m. for a report of a boat that went into the dam. Three of the four passengers had gone into the water and a fourth remained on the boat.

Two of the three people that had gone into the water had been recovered by other boaters. The third person, a woman in her mid-20s is still missing.

The individual on the boat was recovered by the fire department's rescue team that was able to propel down the side of the dam, secure the boater and lift them to safety. The individual as well as the others pulled from the water were transported to Morris Hospital for treatment. All were released with minor injuries.

According to published reports, a married couple, their son and his girlfriend were out on the river when debris got caught in the boat's motor. Once the debris was removed the motor would not restart and the current pulled the boat into the dam.

Lt. Nick Doerfler, of the Coal City Fire Protection District, said the speed of the river was definitely a factor in the incident.

MABAS 15 water rescue, orange CART team, and US Coast Guard assisted at the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police.

Rescue crews were on the river for several hours Sunday, but all boats were pulled off the river around 8 p.m. due to weather conditions. The search resumed this morning.

Additional details will be posted as they become available.

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