Body of one missing boater recovered

(News-Leader file photo)

DIXON — The body of one missing Ogle County boater was recovered Friday from the Rock River in Dixon.

The body of James Swift, 64, of Forreston, was recovered near the dam in Dixon, according to Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington. Swift was one of two boaters to go missing Nov. 20 when the boat he and another fisherman were in capsized near Oregon on the Rock River.

“The body was transported to the Ogle County morgue and was positively identified by tattoos on the body,” Partington said, adding an autopsy on the body would most likely be conducted Monday.

At the time of the boaters’ initial disappearance, recovery efforts were made by dive teams. At one time, a body was located; however, worsening river conditions and strong currents prevented recovery of the body.

“We are grateful for the recovery of Mr. Swift and the closure it will bring to his family and friends,” Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said. “The Sheriff’s Office continues to plan and implement future river operations with hopes of locating the second individual in the near future.”

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