Algonquin Fire Department Rescues Canoeist Before They Go Over Dam, Three Minute Response Time

A press release from the Alqonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department:

Fox River Dam, Algonquin, Illinois, Water Rescue Incident

At 7:18 a.m., July 25, 2014 the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
responded to a report of a boat sinking nearing the low head dam on the Fox River at the Route 62 Bridge, in Algonquin.

Can you figure out where the Algonquin Dam is under the Fox River.

Algonquin Dam at flood stage.

Fishermen on the shoreline notified the 911 dispatch center of a canoe and a male victim in the dam.

First responding emergency personnel arrived on the scene within three minutes at 7:21 a.m. and found the overturned canoe with one victim hanging on to it in the boil of the dam.

Firefighters quickly dropped ropes and a lifesaving buoy to the victim, and pulled him safely to shore.

The victim was on shore within 8 minutes of the fire departments arrival.

He was evaluated for injuries and released at the scene. No civilian or fire district injuries were reported.

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