Search for second boy in Wauconda's Bangs Lake called a recovery effort

  • Rescuers search for a missing 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. A 10-year-old child, who also fell, was rescued by a passing fisherman.

      Rescuers search for a missing 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. A 10-year-old child, who also fell, was rescued by a passing fisherman. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter dive teams gather as they search for a missing 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. A 10-year-old child, who also fell, was rescued by a passing fisherman.

      Firefighter dive teams gather as they search for a missing 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. A 10-year-old child, who also fell, was rescued by a passing fisherman. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Rescuers planned to search until midnight for a 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

      Rescuers planned to search until midnight for a 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboard Friday night on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Wauconda police confirmed crews were searching for a 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboat into Bangs Lake Friday night.

    Wauconda police confirmed crews were searching for a 9-year-old boy who fell off a paddleboat into Bangs Lake Friday night. Courtesy of Tom Furlong

 
 

Wauconda police have confirmed crews are searching for a young boy who fell into Bangs Lake Friday night, and they're calling it a recovery effort.

Wauconda police and fire officials said two boys, ages 9 and 10, were on a paddleboat and became distressed, then went into the water around 7:20 p.m. Friday.

"Nearby fishermen heard screaming and were able to pull the 10-year old from the water," a Wauconda police Facebook post said. "WFD is switching from rescue to recovery in an attempt to locate the 9-year-old."

Wauconda Fire District Chief Mike DaValle said divers and boats equipped with sonar devices continued to search for the boy until midnight, before reconvening Saturday morning. Officials said Bangs Lake will be closed Saturday as the search continues.

Mary Furlong, who lives along the lakefront, said she went out on her deck shortly after 7 p.m. and saw two people waving their arms at the end of the pier and shouting "There's a kid in the water!"

"They were able to flag down a fisherman in his boat, who was able to pull the kid out of the water and they're telling us they're still looking for a second," she said just before 10 p.m. "The water is still so cold, I can't imagine there's going to be a good outcome here. We're all out here saying prayers."

Another neighbor said she heard two children went out on the lake in a kayak that then capsized. The neighbor said one child was either pulled out or able to get out a lake and one child was still missing.

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