St. Charles Fire Department Responds To River Rescue After Boat Capsizes

St. Charles Fire Department Responds To River Rescue After Boat Capsizes

St. Charles Fire Department personnel train for water rescue. (CREDIT: Screenshot from city of St. Charles Facebook video.)

St. Charles firefighters responded to a river rescue call Saturday (Sept. 12, 2020) after a boat capsized just north of Pottawatomie Park.

According to a St. Charles Fire Department news release, firefighters were dispatched at 3:59 p.m. Saturday to a river rescue after receiving reports saying a boat had capsized with an unknown number of people in the water.

(CREDIT: Google Maps)

Firefighters arrived in the area by 4:01 p.m., and within minutes found a man who had been able to swim to shore behind the house at 966 N. Second St.

The man confirmed he was sole occupant of the boat, and the boat was also at the shoreline area.

The victim received medical evaluation at the scene, but refused additional medical treatment or transport. There were no firefighter injuries during the incident.

A St. Charles rescue boat was used to return the victim and his boat to the Boy Scout Island boat launch without incident. The fire units and personnel had cleared the scene by 4:51 pm.

The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted during the incident by the Geneva and South Elgin fire departments.

The Elburn Fire Department changed quarters to assist with any additional calls while St. Charles units were operating at the incident.

About the St. Charles Fire Department

The St. Charles Fire Department provides fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical, emergency management, fire inspection and public education services to the St. Charles, IL, community.

The Department earned a Class 1 PPC ISO rating and is fully accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.

A full-time Department of the City of St. Charles, the St. Charles Fire Department serves the 33,000 residents and nearly 2,000 businesses from three stations within the city.

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