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A 26 year old man drowned at LaSalle on Saturday. I have heard conflicting details about this. It was mentioned on the radio and no doubt is in tonites Ottawa paper. The one thing I know is that they were in a 14 foot flat-bottomed boat on a pretty rough day. Please be careful. If anyone really wants to go out there in a boat, fish off the bank and talk to some of the regulars,who you see out there with a boat. Some off us would be happy to take you out.There are some days however when the Lake is not safe for anyone.
 

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Plainfield man drowns saving son
By DAN CHURNEY — Staff Writer

The last act of a Plainfield man before he drowned Saturday morning at La Salle Lake after a boating mishap was to get his 5-year-old son to shore.

John P. Johnson, 26, of 1412 Major Drive died at about 10 a.m. Saturday at the east edge of the lake. His body was recovered at about 9:30 a.m. today by members of the Ottawa River Rescue Squad.

Johnson, his son and his brother-in-law, Jason S. Harmon, 24, of the same address, entered the lake in a 14-foot motor boat at about 6 a.m., before the weather turned bad, according to Lt. William Shannon of the Illinois Conservation Police.

A tower light at the lake, which warns of dangerous water conditions, had activated, but the group did not notice, Shannon said.

When wind and rain moved in four hours later, the party headed for shore. However, a large wave swamped the bow of the boat where Johnson was positioned and put the engine out of commission.

Johnson was swept overboard without a life jacket, but the boat remained afloat.

Johnson then removed his son, who was wearing a life vest, from the craft and began swimming toward land.

During this time, Harmon, who was not wearing a life jacket, worked to start the engine. When he succeeded, he made for shore and soon saw the child sitting at the water’s edge; Johnson was nowhere to be seen.

“My dad drowned,” the boy told Harmon when Harmon reached him.

Harmon searched for his brother-in-law and then began walking to find help when Conservation Police arrived.

Lt. Shannon said the boy was carried to shore by the wind after his father drowned.

The boy, who suffers from autism, and Harmon were taken to Morris Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Shannon added that when he saw the child at the hospital, the boy was “traumatized” by the tragedy, but was being soothed by his mother.

Shannon said alcohol is not a factor in the case, but said Johnson’s decision to withdraw the boy from the boat has authorities perplexed.

“That’s the million dollar question we’d like to answer,” Shannon said.



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