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Dive team searching Vermilion County pond for apparent drowning victim

The Vermilion County sheriff’s department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team continued its search today for the body of a man who apparently drowned in a private pond near Hillery, west of Danville.

Sheriff Captain Mike Hartshorn said five divers resumed their search in the pond around 7 a.m., after stopping last night around 8:15 p.m. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources conservation police officers are also part of the search.

Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the man, a woman and a small child were in a small boat about 20 feet away from the shore when the motor failed. He said the man stood up to work on the engine, and the boat capsized. The child was wearing a floatation device. The woman, identified as the missing man’s fiance, was able to get the child back to shore. When she turned back to the water, she couldn’t see the man.

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