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Archive | Water Safety

Arlington Heights Mom Dies Saving Drowning Child in Star Lake, Plum Lake Wisconsin

An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after rescuing up to three children Star Lake in northern Wisconsin lake to rescue the 9-year-old godson of her friend. She died while holding up the third child, who was having trouble staying above the surface. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, […]

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Algonquin Man Dies Friday After Rescue from Pond Wednesday at Randall Rd and Corporate Pkwy

Paul Mellor, who was rescued Wednesday from a pond immediately after witnesses saw his Honda Accord enter a pond at Algonquin Commons shopping center Wednesday died today. Algonquin-Lake in the Hills firefighters jumped into the retention pond in the 1500 block of South Randall Road — near Corporate Parkway — and immediately rescued Paul Mellor […]

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Palatine, Palatine Rural and Rolling Meadows Firefighters on Ice Rescue Training

Members of the Palatine, Palatine Rural and Rolling Meadows Fire Departments participated in a joint training exercise in the frigid water of the Salt Creek Rural Park District’s Twin Lakes in January in an effort to improve their proficiency of rescuing any victim who may have fallen through the ice into the freezing water. The […]

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FLIR Camera Captures Image of Woman’s Fall from Carnival Cruise Ship

FLIR Camera video of woman’s fall from cruise ship, and demo of “man overboard” system to alert ship crew when a person falls overboard. Maritime attorney James Walker explains that cruise ships might have cameras on the deck, but the cameras aren’t monitored, and there’s no connection to an alarm. Cruise ship companies claim they […]

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Shark Bite: Woman from Germany Loses Arm, Transported in Critical Condition from Palauea Beach, Maui

Officials reopened a Maui beach Thursday, a day after a shark bit off the right arm of a German visitor about 50 yards offshore. The woman, who was about 20 years old, was snorkeling at Palauea Beach when the attack occurred. A woman from Germany, believed to be 20 years old, was snorkeling at Palauea […]

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Couple in Shipwreck Save Dog Before the Wife

Erin McLaughlin reports on a shipwrecked couple who put their dog’s safety before the wife’s safety. According to an incident report from The National Sea Rescue Institute, Graham Anley first swam the couple’s dog to shore before returning for his wife, whose safety line had become snagged on the steering gear. His action to save […]

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Another Car in A Pond on N. Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights: Pizza Man’s Car Rolled into Water, Man And Pizza Safe

Man and pizza safe after car rolls into an office complex pond — causing a scare of a repeat of an incident that drowned Henry Laseke in another pond at Arlington on the Ponds townhouse/condo neighborhood on Thursday July 25, 2013. Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:21 AM Monday to a report of […]

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Boy Drowns in Pond Across 95th Street from Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Naperville Fire Department responded about 11:30 a.m. Saturday to a report that a 6-year-old boy was found floating face down in a retention pond by the Glenmuir Luxury Rental Homes complex near 95th Street and Cedar Glade Drive. The person that discovered the boy called 9-1-1 while a passerby started CPR. Naperville police took over […]

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VIDEO: Buffalo Creek Flood Scenes from June 26, 2013 Heavy Rain, Buffalo Grove

VIDEO: Flood scenes near Buffalo Creek, near St Marys Parkway and Raupp Boulevard, and just south of Lake Cook Road near Raupp Boulevard. Firefighters called for a Box Alarm for boats and swift water techs to help evacuate neighbors along St Marys Boulevard just west of Raupp Boulevard. Three children were also found playing in […]

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VIDEO: Scenes from Wednesday June 26, 2013 Storm and Flooding in Arlington Heights

VIDEO: Multiple storm and flooding scenes on the north side of Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove on Wednesday June 26, 2013. PLEASE REPORT YOUR FLOODING INCIDENTS, SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGE AND OTHER STORM INCIDENTS USING THE FORM AT THIS WEB ADDRESS … It is important that you report your flooding incidents so that this can […]

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Two Teens Rescued From Lake Zurich Near Paulus Park

Lake Zurich firefighter/paramedics responded to Lake Zurich near Paulus Park about 2:36 p.m. Wednesday and rescued two teenagers from and ice shelf after they fell into cold water with two other children — all residents of Lake Zurich. A Lake Zurich public works employee initially tried to reach the stranded teenage boy, but he returned […]

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Body of Vance Nwankwo Found in South Barrington Pond in Fire Department Water Recovery Operation After Friends and Family Work to Find Him

South Barrington police and Barrington Countryside firefighter/paramedics about 3:00 PM Friday recovered the body of Vance Nwankwo, 25, in a pond near his home near Penny Road and Bartlett Road in South Barrington. Firefighter divers searched two ponds near his home a little over one week after he was reported missing on November 1, 2012. […]

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