McHenry County Drowning Victim Identified

A Melrose Park man died after taking a swim with friends in Pistakee Bay in Johnsburg Sunday afternoon.

UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 9

A 49-year-old man who died Sunday in a drowning in Pistakee Lake has been identified as William L. Trybula of Melrose Park, according to the McHenry County Cornier's Office.  

Preliminary findings from an autopsy revealed that Trybula's cause of death was consistent with a drowning. Toxicology results are pending at this time. 
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: A 49-year-old man died following a swim with friends in Pistakee Bay in Johnsburg Sunday afternoon, according to a McHenry County Coroner's Office press release. 

The man, whose name is not currently being released, decided to take a swim in rough waters while out boating with friends, according to the Daily Herald. 

Rescuers were called to the scene at 3:48 p.m. after the friends were not able to locate the victim, according to the news release. 

Just before rescuers were about to dive into the lake, the victim came to the surface, according to the Daily Herald. He was unconscious and unresponsive, and as rescuers grabbed for him, their boat capsized, according to the article. 

The man was recovered at 4:32 p.m. and taken to Centegra McHenry Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:05 p.m. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.


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