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Indiana man drowns at Starved Rock

December 05, 2011 at 08:40 AM

The Associated Press

UTICA — Police say an Indiana man has drowned at Starved Rock State Park in north central Illinois.

Illinois Conservation Police identified the man as Dane Simmons, 25, of Lafayette, Ind.

Police spokesman Robert Frazier said Simmons was hiking with two other men on Saturday when they veered off a trail and into a restricted area. Frazier says Simmons slipped and fell between 25 and 40 feet into the Illinois River.

The other men tried to rescue him.

Simmons’ body was later pulled from the river and he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The other men were hospitalized for hypothermia and released.

Frazier says charges are pending for the two men for disregarding signs marking the restricted area.

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