Canoeist drowns trying to save cat in Illinois lake


ANTIOCH, Ill. (AP) – Police say a man drowned in a northern Illinois lake while trying to save a cat.

Lake County officials say the death happened Sunday night on Loon Lake in Antioch. The Lake County Sheriff’s office says the man was in a canoe with another man, a woman and the cat. Officials say the cat jumped into the water and the man went after the animal. Sheriff’s officials say the canoeist’s body was recovered early Monday.

Officials didn’t immediately identify the man. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

Antioch is about 50 miles north of Chicago near the Wisconsin border.

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