Schaumburg man dies after canoe capsizes on Fox Lake

Updated 9/10/2021 3:38 PM

A 30-year-old Schaumburg man died after a canoe he was in capsized on Fox Lake early Friday.

Authorities were called to the 0-100 block of Holly Avenue in Fox Lake at 1:40 a.m. Friday for reports of a person "screaming for help."


Officials from the Lake County sheriff's office said deputies discovered a 45-year-old man from Florida who reported his friend had not surfaced when the canoe they were both in flipped into the water. The Florida man told deputies his friend was not a strong swimmer.

Neither man was wearing a life vest, authorities said.

The sheriff's marine unit began searching for the missing man with help from Fox Lake firefighters and other rescue boats.

The missing man's body was recovered just before 8 a.m.

Lake County sheriff's Lt. Christopher Covelli said both men were staying in a rental home for a weekend gathering of family and friends. Covelli urged people to use flotation devices when on the water.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said her office will perform an autopsy on Monday. The man's name has not been released.

The investigation into his death is ongoing. Covelli said detectives are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

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