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Coroner's office identifies drowning victim

The McHenry County Coroner's Office on Monday identified the person who drowned Sunday in Pistakee Lake as a Melrose Park man.

William L. Trybula, 49, drowned while swimming in the lake on Sunday, according to an autopsy, the coroner's office said. Toxicology results are pending.

Trybula was pulled out of the lake by firefighters after being underwater for nearly 45 minutes. He had no pulse and was not breathing. He was later pronounced dead at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.

The accident happened roughly 300 feet off the shore. Trybula and a friend decided to jump out of their 23-foot Baja boat while it was not anchored, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District has said.

The wind picked up and pushed the boat away from both swimmers, firefighters said. The friend made it back to the boat, while the Trybula never surfaced above water, firefighters said.

A third friend attempted to start the boat, but it wouldn’t start and drifted closer to shore.

Firefighters from Fox Lake, Barrington, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Grayslake, Lake Zurich, Wauconda and Woodstock assisted in the rescue effort.

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