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Dad dies while fishing with son in Knox County

January 16, 2012

From QCTimes.com

VICTORIA, Ill. -- Authorities have identified a man who died in an ice fishing accident in western Illinois.

Knox County Sheriff's Department officials say 50-year-old Allen Johnson of Galva was pulled from Long Lake near Victoria Sunday afternoon and pronounced dead several hours later at a nearby hospital.

The man's son had dropped him off at the lake and came back when he couldn't reach him by cell phone. The son found a hole in the ice and fishing equipment partially submerged.

Dive teams from Peoria County and Coppas Creek assisted the Knox County Sheriff's Department in recovering Johnson from the water.

The weather Sunday was sunny with highs in the upper 30s. The ice was about three-quarters of an inch thick.

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