Search for missing boater resumes at Illinois' Rend Lake - KMOV.com

Search for missing boater resumes at Illinois' Rend Lake

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Authorities on Wednesday continued their search for a missing man after two boats collided on Illinois' Rend Lake.

Police, EMS and search and rescue crews responded to the lake near the Gun Creek Channel around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after reports of the wreck.

Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones says two people were one boat when it collided with another boat with three people onboard.

Jones said two people were airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries, another person suffered minor injuries.

Police are still searching water and land for the missing man who was on one of the boats.  It is not clear if the fifth person was injured.

Search teams are using sonar to scan the lake.

Jones also said he believed both boats were Bombardier recreation products. Bomardier designs, manufactures and distributes motorized recreational vehicles and power sports engines.

There is a Bombardier plant in Nearby Mount Vernon, Illinois and residents say the company often tests products on Rend lake.

 

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