Crews investigate drowning

Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The body of a man was found in a pond on private property south of Allerton Thursday night.

Crews were called out to 100 North County Road just east of Broadlands to a large property with a pond at 6:27 p.m. for a report of a man drowning.

First responders on scene told WCIA the victim was a 44 year old man who was swimming in the pond when people saw him in distress and called 911.

A firefighter confirmed they found the body around 8:27 p.m. the Allerton Fire Chief said during the recovery mission, divers had trouble finding the man’s body because the water was so murky. The could only see about a foot deep.

The property owner said the victim was an adult male, and is a friend of the caretaker of the property. He said the man frequently visits the property.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

Several departments responded, including Champaign County Sheriff, Allerton Fire District, Longview Fire and the Cornbelt Dive Team.

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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