COAL CITY – Search and rescue teams suspended their search late Sunday night on the Illinois River near Coal City for a missing 20-year-old white female as storms rolled into town and daylight waned.
"Flooding is hampering our efforts and access to the river," said Lt. Nick Doerfler, public information officer with Coal City Fire Department. "We will resume with recovery efforts on Monday morning."
Authorities were called at 3:27 p.m. after a Bayliner pleasure craft became lodged in Dresden Dam gate, which is a couple miles east of Morris on the Illinois River, according to Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes. Rescue boats, as well as a Coast Guard helicopter, were observed going out to look for those who had been on the boat.
The Coal City Fire Department rescued one person from the boat, and two others were rescued from the water by another pleasure craft; all were transported to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers by ambulance, according to authorities.
Those three were treated and released and returned to Stratton State Park while awaiting word of the rescue efforts. Their names have not been released by authorities.
The Department of Natural Resources is in charge of the investigation.
Water rescue personnel and aid was brought in from Troy, Newark, Morris, Plainfield, Coal City, Braidwood, Minooka, Channahon, Wilmington and Peotone fire departments along with Grundy Emergency Management Agency to coordinate in the search.