At 1:23 p.m. on June 30, 2019, the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to a reported river rescue just north of the Fox River Dam. Fire units were on the scene by 1:24 p.m. and found a disabled boat with three people inside approximately 1000 yards north of the dam. The anchor line for the boat was not holding and the strong winds from the approaching storm were blowing the boat towards the dam.
Firefighters launched a rescue boat from Pottawatomie Park and reached the boat just as it approached the dam. Two adults and one teenager were rescued however; the victim’s boat went over the dam and is currently upside down in the water just north of the bridge.
The three persons in the boat were transported to the dock behind the Police Department where paramedics attended to them. The victims were wet from the storm and distressed from the event however; they were wearing their personal flotation devices and had no physical injuries. None of the victims entered the water and no transports were made. The party had been out on the river when a storm impacted the area and they experienced engine trouble. The anchor line was not adequate and their difficulties were witnessed by people on the shore who called 911.