Man rescued from river in Algonquin

Updated 1/4/2016 9:40 PM

A man was rescued from the icy Fox River in Algonquin around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

A woman and her 16-year-old son extended a ladder from shore to pull out a boater who had fallen in the water, according to Battalion Chief John Krebl of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.


It happened near the 800 block of Oceola Drive. The man, who appeared to be in his 70s, had been holding on to a watercraft -- possibly a canoe or kayak -- and yelling for help, Krebl said.

"It was pretty fast," Krebl said of the river's current.

The man, who was shivering and lethargic, was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin for treatment of hypothermia, Krebl said.

Bystanders reported seeing the man on the river in the last week or so and that he appeared to be taking photographs, Krebal said. The man launched from the Buffalo Park Forest Preserve,

Algonquin and Kane County Forest Preserve District police also responded but could not be reached Monday night for further information.

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