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Boy Dies After Being Pulled from Water at Jericho Lake Park

Rescue divers pulled a 9-year-old boy from Jericho Lake in Montgomery on Sunday evening after he had been submerged for almost 45 minutes.

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Rescue divers pulled a young boy from in Montgomery Sunday evening after he had been under the water for about 43 minutes, Sugar Grove fire officials said.

According to Gary Baum, assistant chief with the Sugar Grove Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to Jericho Lake at 6:04 p.m. for reports of a 9-year-old boy under the water.

Four divers searched for the boy beneath the surface of the lake, in zero visibility, while firefighters in two boats looked for him from above, Baum said.

The boy was found at 6:47 p.m. in 12 feet of water, Baum said. He was transported to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. No names have been released, and no further information is yet available.

Jericho Lake is a Fox Valley Park District park, and park district police were on scene. Sugar Grove Fire was assisted by firefighters from Aurora and Montgomery and Countryside fire departments, and Montgomery and Aurora police.

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Jean May 28, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Praying for this little guy!
Jessica May 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM
My fiance and I were just there fishing :( We got there around 11:30am, left around 4pm to eat dinner, then went back around 6:45pm and drove into the parking lot where all the police, fire trucks, and ambulances were, then were told the park is closing so we had to leave, didn't know what had happened until this was posted. So terribly sad as to think we may have passed by the family as we were leaving (there weren't many people there).
Patricia Hartman May 29, 2012 at 02:01 AM
So sad, his family has my deepest sympathy.
andrea May 29, 2012 at 01:47 PM
this is really sad, does anyone know if he was there alone? where were his parents? how did he get in the water?
Jean May 29, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I believe todays article says he was swimming with family & friends.

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