Illinois Conservation Police Officers rescue three stranded near Kaskaskia River

MOULTRIE COUNTY - The Illinois Conservation Police say officers rescued three individuals who were stranded on the Kaskaskia River during a kayaking trip on June 11.

Authorities say at about 1:47 p.m., the Moultrie County Sheriff's Office received a call from an 11-year-old boy who reported that he and his grandparents were stranded somewhere along the Kaskaskia River.  The boy told police that the three had been kayaking, and at some point, they had fallen out of the kayaks.  Deputies say the boy made it to the shoreline, but his grandparents were clinging onto a tree in the river due to strong currents.

Authorities say they "pinged" the boy's cell phone, giving officers a better idea of where the three were located.  Two nearby Illinois Conservation Police Officers, identified as Jason Moody and Brandon Barnes, were contacted, and immediately began searching for the boy and his grandparents.  The officers found the three shortly after starting their search, and were able to rescue them, along with their gear and kayaks.

We will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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