Search for Missing Boater a Waste of Time: Official

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 8:34 PM CDT
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A missing boater who was feared to have drowned is OK, but authorities now may charge him with a crime for wasting their time.

The Fox Lake Fire Department received a call around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night about a man in his 20s who went underwater after being on a paddle boat in the Nippersink Lake. Divers searched for the man until about 5 a.m., but were not able to find him.

Rescuers resumed their search at 8 a.m., but called it off shortly after noon when they received word that the man was OK, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The entire incident may have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The search included several boats and nearly three dozen divers from multiple departments at a cost of thousands of dollars.

"It’s a relief nobody’s dead," Battalion Chief Tom Preidis said, according to the Tribune. "It’s frustrating to find out you’re out here wasting your time and energy."

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