Fire department divers recover body of fisherman that fell through the ice 2-4-12

Divers and support personnel move about Pistakee Bay utilizing air boats as they prepare to recover the body of a fisherman that fell through the ice and drowned on Friday. Tim Olk photo

The NW Herald reported on a fisherman that drowned in Johnsburg (McHenry County) after falling through the ice on Friday.

Authorities have ended the search for a missing angler that fell through the ice into Pistakee Bay on Friday evening after finding the victim’s body this morning.

Justin Ribar, 29, of Wonder Lake, was pronounced dead at 11:12 a.m. today, the Coroner’s Office said. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

A lakefront homeowner called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. Friday after hearing cries for help from the bay. The homeowner never saw the person, but could hear the yelling, McHenry Township Fire Protection District Chief Tony Huemann said.

Rescue crews using air boats were able to travel across the ice. They found a glove, a boot and fishing gear on the ice near a section of ice that appeared to have been broken through, Battalion Chief Joe Krueger said.

Fire department divers recover body of fisherman that fell through the ice 2-4-12

Wonder Lake Fire Department air boat 1690 makes a trip out to the center of the bay with divers. Tim Olk photo

The complete article can be found HERE.

Fire department divers recover body of fisherman that fell through the ice 2-4-12

Lake County Quad 2 Air Boat 2952 out of Fox Lake rides along the ice making it's way back to the shore. Tim Olk photo

Tim Olk photographed the recovery efforts and submitted several images.

Fire department divers recover body of fisherman that fell through the ice 2-4-12

Air Boat 2952 takes a team of divers out to the recovery site. Tim Olk photo

Fire department divers recover body of fisherman that fell through the ice 2-4-12

Dive personnel standby to transport additional divers to the search area. Tim Olk photo

Many more images can be found in a gallery HERE.

 

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