Identity Released for Antioch Man Who Drowned While Snowmobiling on Thin Ice and Water at Loon Lake

The Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper released the identity of a snowmobiler who died Sunday night as Damian Rivas, age 40, of Antioch. A preliminary autopsy determined that Rivas died by drowning. Toxicology results are pending.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Antioch firefighters and paramedics responded about 11:25 p.m. Sunday to the block of 22900 West Lakeshore Drive in unincorporated Antioch to a report that a person saw snowmobile lights go into the open water on West Loon Lake. The incident operations were coordinated near the Villa Rica Boat Launch.

A MABAS Division 4 Box Alarm for Ice Rescue was activated at 11:31 p.m. Antioch firefighters deployed divers and air boats, and a recovery was made in about five minutes. Firefighter/paramedics treated Rivas with CPR and Advanced Life Support and detected a pulse, but Rivas died at the hospital. Rivas was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Rivas was believed to be in the icy water for approximately 30 minutes. First-responders were able to find him about two feet below the surface of water that was about eight feet deep. The divers did not have to go into the water for the search.

A person who lives in the area called 911 and reported there were two snowmobiles traveling across Loon Lake. One was closer to shore, but the victim with the snowmobile that fell in the water was approximately 50 to 75 yards from the shore. Apparently his snowmobile went into water due to thin ice.

The incident is being investigated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police. Air temperature Sunday reached a record high of 50°F at the National Weather Station at Waukegan Regional Airport.

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