The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene Division, Department of Children and Family Services, and the Sangamon County Coroner’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the death of a 7-year-old child who died Friday evening after drowning at Lake Catatoga in Plainview.
According to a press release by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, along with Gillespie-Benld Ambulance Services and Dunns Ambulance, responded to the 12oo block of Apache Lane in Plainview around 7:30 a.m. regarding a possible drowning. First responders arrived to find family members performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child who was found unresponsive in the lake.
Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl said deputies immediately took over performing CPR until being relieved by paramedics. Paramedics transported the child to Carlinville Area Hospital for continued treatment and were able to regain a pulse after over an hour of CPR by medical staff. Survival Flight Air Medical then airlifted the child to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where the child later passed around 5:15 p.m.
“The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office gives our deepest condolences to the family of the child,” Sheriff Kahl added in the press release.
An identity was not available at the time of publication.