A Romeoville Fire Department rescue boat was among several other municipalities who joined in swift response for a missing person search Monday morning, August 14, in the Cal-Sag Channel in the area under the Chatham Street bridge in Blue Island. Multiple police and fire crews from nearby areas also responded to the water rescue.
According to Blue Island Police Chief Geoffrey Farr, the department ambulance crew was dealing with a suicidal subject who jumped off the Chatham Street bridge into the Cal-Sag Channel, around 6 a.m. Crews immediately called the fire department and divers entered the water at 6:48 a.m., continuing to search until 8 a.m.
Operations then shifted to recovery, using a boat sonar until 8:34 a.m. After more than a two-hour operation, crews were unable to find the missing man, and called off the search, noting zero visibility in the water, due to debris. The grid search yielded negative results.
Blue Island City spokesman Tom Wogan said teams exhausted all water rescue efforts, and at this time crews will monitor the immediate area and various departments will communicate with each other if they observe something in the coming days.
At press time, no additional information was available as to the identity or condition of the missing person.