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Body of man recovered from Des Plaines River

Man jumped off boat Sunday night, never resurfaced

A boat moves upstream Monday along the Des Plaines River in Channahon. A 40-year-old man was reported missing Sunday after jumping off a boat.
A boat moves upstream Monday along the Des Plaines River in Channahon. A 40-year-old man was reported missing Sunday after jumping off a boat.

The body of a man who jumped off a boat into the Des Plaines River Sunday night and never resurfaced was found Tuesday morning.

Baldur Kirsch Jr. of Wilmington was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Kirsch’s body was last seen about a half-mile west of Harborside Marina in Wilmington, according to a news release from the Channahon Fire Protection District. His body was found about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Des Plaines River about a mile west of the last-seen location.

In a statement, Grundy County Coroner John Callahan said “there are conflicting details at this time as to how Mr. Kirsch actually went into the water, therefore there are no further details surrounding his death at this time.”

An autopsy determined Kirsch’s cause of death was drowning.

“On behalf of all the first responders who have been involved with initial operations and continued recovery effort, our prayers and thoughts remain with family and friends,” according to the release.

Channahon crews were sent to the area at 6:52 p.m. Sunday, and a search was initiated where the waterway merges with the Kankakee River, according to a news release from the district. The male swimmer was reported missing about 6:58 p.m.

Because of the amount of time in the water and its temperature, the search effort was turned into a recovery effort Sunday night.

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