Man dies while swimming in Fox River

Rescue teams from across the suburbs helped Sunday to recover the body of a swimmer in the Fox River in Carpentersville.

According to a press release late Sunday, the man's body was recovered round 5 p.m. near Angelina Place after hours of searching. The identification of the man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Carpentersville police said the man, believed to be a Chicago-area resident from outside Carpentersville, disappeared shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday.

The man was fishing on the river with two friends. All three men are in their early 20s, police said. Names and hometowns were not available Sunday.

The missing man and one of the friends decided to go swimming in the water, police said. Both men struggled with the river's current.

The victim's friend, who police said was a stronger swimmer, made it to a nearby island, where he was later rescued by personnel from the Carpentersville Fire Department. The victim could not overcome the current and was lost in the water near Angelina Place and Williams Road.

The third man in the group did not enter the water. police said.

During the search, authorities shut down access to the nearby Fox Shores Forest Preserve, as well as the Fox River Trail bike path that runs along the river.

Many bikers expressed alarm when they saw yellow police stretched across entrance points.

“You never think anything bad will happen at a place like this,” said Richard Burnak of West Dundee.

The Carpentersville Police Department and the Kane County coroner's office are continuing to investigate.

• Daily Herald staff writer Doug T. Graham contributed to this report.

History of drownings in the Fox River

In this image taken from video, divers search the Fox River near Carpentersville on Sunday after a swimmer went missing. Courtesy of ABC 7
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