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Emergency crews still searching for man in river

A boat moves upstream Monday, July 9, 2018, along the Des Plaines River in Channahon, Ill. A 40-year-old man was reported missing Sunday after jumping off a boat.
A boat moves upstream Monday, July 9, 2018, along the Des Plaines River in Channahon, Ill. A 40-year-old man was reported missing Sunday after jumping off a boat.

As of noon Monday, emergency crews continued searching for a man who jumped off a boat into the Des Plaines River and never surfaced, Channahon fire officials said.

The Channahon Fire Protection District was sent to the area at 6:52 p.m. Sunday, and a search was initiated where the waterway merges with the Kankakee River. The male swimmer was reported missing about 6:58 p.m.

Because of the amount of time in the water and its temperature, the search effort was turned into a recovery effort as of 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Emergency personnel, boats and divers went into the water and have been conducting a search using multiple resources, including a helicopter and search dog.

Sonar-directed searches were being conducted as of 7 a.m. Monday. Operations were scheduled to continue throughout the day with aerial and visual searches along the shorelines.

The missing swimmer is described as a man who is about 40-years-old.

Anyone with information can contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 217-557-1240.

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