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Missing boater in Marseilles found

Boater still missing from river near Morris

MARSEILLES – The remains of the boater who entered the Illinois River in Marseilles to cool off Sunday and went missing have been recovered.

“On June 21, 2014, at 4:20 p.m., the IDNR Conservation Police received a call to respond to an area of the Illinois River approximately half-mile mile east of the Illini Park boat ramp. Reportedly, a Naperville man, Alberto Rodriguez Jr., age 35, had entered the water from an anchored boat to cool off. Rodriguez was then swept downriver by the swift current,” according to a news release sent Tuesday afternoon from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Recovery efforts continued Monday and Tuesday for the missing boater. Ottawa River Rescue, IDNR, Marseilles Fire Department, Seneca Fire Department and Reading Township Fire Department conducted an ongoing, extensive search of the river from the time of the incident.

Rodriguez was found Tuesday in the Illinois River just west of Allen Park in Ottawa, according to the news release. He was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Search continues for

missing boater near Morris

Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District continued the search Tuesday for the 20-year-old female missing after a boat became lodged Sunday in the Dresden Dam just east of Morris on the Illinois River.

The search went on for about three and a half hours, Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes said, but crews did not find her.

“We’re hoping with water receding, it will be easier on the rescue team,” Deputy Chief Bob Wills said.

The water from flooding has started to recede along the banks and the current has slowed down, although still stronger than nonflood stage, Steffes said.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 15 is scheduled to meet again Wednesday morning to check the banks both upstream and downstream.

“We’ll start again tomorrow morning and it will be at least a five-hour day if we don’t find her sooner,” Wills said. “We will start downstream and work our way back upstream.”

The previous searches have all been focused upstream from Stratton Park in Morris.

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