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Burbank man drowned in Pistakee Lake: coroner

A west suburban man who died after a boating accident Monday evening in Pistakee Lake near northwest suburban Fox Lake drowned, according to the coroner.

The incident happened about 5 p.m. at a pier at a private residence in the 35000 block of Marine Drive, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Daniel G. Schwenk, 58, of Berwyn had been boating with another man, from Oak Lawn, who went inside a nearby home after they tied up the boat, sheriff’s police said.

When the other man returned about 10 minutes later, he could not see the Schwenk, who had stayed in the boat, authorities said. He found him a short time later floating facedown near an inlet.

The man pulled Schwenk from the water and yelled for help while a neighbor called 911, police said.

Schwenk was taken to Centegra McHenry Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m., according to the McHenry County coroner’s office.

Preliminary autopsy findings suggest that water intake into lungs was primarily responsible for Schwenk’s death, according to the coroner. However, the ruling will not be finalized until additional tests are completed.

“No suspicious or foul play is suspected,” according to a statement from the coroner’s office.

The Lake County sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are also investigating.

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