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Coroner identifies snowmobiler who died after plunging into lake in Antioch

File Photo | Antioch Fire Department.

The coroner has identified a 40-year-old Antioch man who died after his snowmobile went through the water on Loon Lake in unincorporated Antioch Sunday evening.

A preliminary autopsy showed that Damian Rivas, 40, of Antioch, died of drowning, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper. Toxicology results are pending.

The Antioch Fire Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11 p.m. Sunday to the 22900 block of West Lakeshore Drive in unincorporated Antioch for a report of a snowmobile that went through the water.

Antioch Fire Chief Jon Cokefair said that the victim, identified as Rivas, was driving a snowmobile on the ice on West Loon Lake when it plunged into an open area of the water that was not believed to be covered in ice.

Divers and boats from several fire departments responded to the scene to assist with the rescue. Divers located the man approximately 30 minutes after receiving the 911 call.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper confirmed the man was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 5:40 a.m. Monday.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the snowmobile was located 50-75 yards southwest of the lake’s seawall.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Department and the Lake County Coroner’s Office.


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