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Body recovered at Sangchris Lake identified Saturday night

DEVELOPING|Water rescue dive teams and Sheriff's office searching Sangchris Lake

UPDATE 9:56 pm:

The Christian County Coroner's office has released the name of the man who drowned in Lake Sangchris. 30-year-old Kenneth Christopher "Chris" Adkins of Tuscola was recovered by dive team personnel at 5:01 P.M. on 10/21/2017.

After an all-day search, officials have located the body of a missing boater on Lake Sangchris in Christian County.

The Illinois Conservation police say multiple local agencies assisted in the recovery.

Friday night, a boat with two men started filling with water.

One of the men was able to swim to shore, while the other was not.

Friends close to the victim are heartbroken.

"Well we're heartbroken,” said Lori York, whose daughter is best friends with the victim. “My daughter she passed out and I guess she was going to head to the emergency and her friends are doing it the best they know how to do right now.”

The victim was recovered by the Sangamon County Rescue Squad.

They say the victim’s clothes and shoes, as well as the lake's current, could have played a factor in his death, but nothing is certain.

The Christian County Coroner is scheduled to do the autopsy at a later date.

UPDATE 4:05 pm:

One person is missing off of Sangchris Lake, about 3 miles east of Pawnee.

A boater search is underway at the lake. There have been Rescue Squads and dive teams at the lake since 7 am Saturday, including personnel from the Christian County Sheriff's office.

A call came in around 8:30 pm Friday evening about the missing person; officers were on the scene throughout the night.

Police say there were two boaters on the lake Friday when their boat started filling up with water. They say, one boater swam to the shore and the other was not able to make it.

Police plan on being at the lake searching for the missing person until sundown Saturday.

They plan on being back out on the lake if needed Sunday, depending on weather and water conditions. Crews will start a SONAR search to have a better view of what is underwater.

Police are asking anyone who is interested in searching, not to come during the weekend as they are trying to focus on work.

ORIGINAL 3:50 pm:

There is heavy presence of water rescue divers of a Rescue Squad at Sangchris Lake.

The Christian County Sheriff's office is also present at the lake.

According to rescue divers, crews have been on the scene since Friday evening.

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