One man was found safe and a second man was found dead after the two fell out of a canoe early Friday morning on Mineola Bay near Fox Lake, police said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department received numerous 911 calls for a report of a person screaming for help around 1:40 a.m. Friday.
The callers believed the person in distress was somewhere in the water on Mineola Bay, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli.
Sheriff’s deputies and Fox Lake police officers, along with numerous fire departments, responded to the calls.
A 45-year-old man was located safe in the 0-100 block of Holly Avenue in Fox Lake after swimming to shore, Covelli said.
The man, who is from Flagler, Florida, told deputies that he and his friend, a 30-year-old Schaumburg man, went canoeing around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
The canoe flipped and both men fell into the water. Neither man was wearing a life vest.
Covelli said the 30-year-old man, who was a poor swimmer, went under the water and did not resurface.
Sheriff’s deputies who also serve on the sheriff’s marine unit went to the marine base and launched two sheriff’s boats into the water in an attempt to rescue the missing man.
They were joined by the Fox Lake Fire Protection District and other fire and rescue boats from numerous other departments.
Members of the Fox Lake Fire Protection District located the 30-year-old deceased in the water just before 8 a.m., Covelli said.
The investigation continues by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Lake County Coroner’s Office.