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Ottawa man performs water rescue Saturday

Posted by wlpo on July 5, 2015

Do you know Mark Koch, a boater from Ottawa? Koch is a hero for saving a Utica man and his son near Starved Rock late Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Hank Frazier is with District Conservation Police. He told Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” news 35-year old Travis Breeden and his 6 year old son were in a large jon boat upstream of the Park boat ramp. For an unknown reason the boat made a sharp right turn ejecting father and son into the Illinois River. Breeden and his son had to evade the unmanned boat at least twice – pushing themselves under water. It was then that Koch’s pontoon blocked the unmanned boat – taking 3 hits before Breeden and son could be rescued.

The motor on the jon boat eventually stopped. A dog on the jon boat was uninjured.

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