RPSO Recovers Body From Lake

Dive crews from the Wauconda Fire District and surrounding agencies located the body of 9-year-old boy in Bangs Lake around noon Saturday after he went missing while paddleboating Friday evening.

In a statement released by district officials, the boy was identified as Geraldo Rodriguez. He was found after a search that had been suspended overnight due to deteriorating conditions.

“Geraldo was located and recovered around noon (by) Side Scan Sonar technicians,” the statement added. “While we are saddened by the loss of a community member, both the Fire District and (Wauconda) Police Department are grateful to provide closure to the family of Geraldo.”

Wauconda police reported that Transfiguration Catholic Church, 316 W. Mill St., planned to host a prayer gathering for the Rodriguez family at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Officials said late Friday that Geraldo was one of two boys who had gone into the water.

“At approximately 7:20 p.m, two male juveniles on a paddleboat became distressed and went into the water,” the statement added, reporting that “nearby fishermen heard screaming” and were able to pull an 11-year-old boy from the water and bring him to shore.

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Joe Shuman/News-Sun Wauconda Fire District divers and personnel from other agencies on the scene of a search for a boy who fell in the water while paddleboating on Bangs Lake in Wauconda on Friday, April 19. Wauconda Fire District divers and personnel from other agencies on the scene of a search for a boy who fell in the water while paddleboating on Bangs Lake in Wauconda on Friday, April 19. (Joe Shuman/News-Sun)
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With Geraldo Rodriguez still missing, recovery efforts continued after 10 p.m. with assistance from the Wauconda Police Department and area fire departments.

According to the fire district statement, at around 3 a.m., “first responders with close ties to the community struggled with the thought of having to end the search (due) to lighting and weather conditions.”

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“Responders reconvened first thing (Saturday) morning,” the statement added. “Crews were back on the scene (with) the Police Department, who deployed a drone to assist with the search.”

The public had been asked to stay away from a recovery-operations staging area located on Lakeview Villa Beach on Edgewater Parkway on the north side of Bangs Lake.

Assisting with the operation were first responders from departments in Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Countryside, Crystal Lake, Grayslake, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Gurnee, Huntley, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Long Grove, Long Lake, McHenry, Mundelein, Newport, Nunda, Richmond, Round Lake and Wonder Lake.

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Source : https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-wauconda-bangs-lake-recovery-st-0422-story.html

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