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Men rescued after canoe capsizes on Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 5:23 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – Two 20-year-old men – one from Downers Grove and the other from Lisle – had to be rescued from Whalon Lake Saturday evening after their canoe capsized in choppy water.

The incident unfolded around 6:50 p.m. at the Bolingbrook lake, when the men went into the water about 50 feet from the shore, according to the Forest Preserve District of Will County Police.

After the canoe capsized, the Lisle man swam to shore. The Downers Grove man grabbed  a nearby tree approximately 20 feet from shore and was rescued by Bolingbrook Fire Department personnel, police said. 

Both men were wearing life jackets. The men told police at the scene that they didn’t think the water was that rough when they began canoeing.

Both subjects had no medical complaints, and they both refused treatment. No citations were issued, and the canoe was retrieved and back on shore after the incident. 

The 249-acre Whalon Lake preserve is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

The dog park portion is in Naperville; the 80-acre lake is in Bolingbrook. The preserve entrance is off of Royce Road, west of Route 53.

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