Crews searching for boy, 12, who drowned in Kankakee River

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What started as a search and rescue effort last night became a recovery effort this morning as responders try to find the body of a 12-year-old Joliet boy.

Dive crews searched for the boy for hours last night before suspending their search due to darkness.

He and his 13-year-old sister Abigail Arroyo waded into the water near the dam. Their father was on shore but how close to them remains unclear.

"Both kids were here with their father. The mother was not in the scene when it happened,” said Wilmington Police Chief Phillip Arnold.

Witnesses told police the boy said he wanted to touch the wall of water, meaning the dam.

After both did not resurface, rescue crews responded. Abby was found and rushed to a local hospital but pronounced dead there about 7:15 p.m. Monday.

Today, the search began again at 8 am. Crews were searching in the water, by boat and even from above.

"We did have an airship fixed wing aircraft from the Illinois state police that's done several fly overs,” said Wilmington Fire Department Chief Todd Friddle.

The search was suspended this afternoon for a short time to give crews a break. Near where the kids were last seen is so dangerous even a skilled swimmer would be in peril.

"The best way I can put it is an adult trained swimmer couldn’t get out,” Friddle said.