Indiana man dies in drowning incident in Edgar County

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EDGAR COUNTY - Eastern Illinois authorities say an Indiana man has died in a drowning incident that happened in Edgar County on Monday.

Authorities say they received a report of three people in distress in Sugar Creek, about a third of a mile east of East Terra Haute Road in Elbridge Township.  Police say three adults and four children were near a low-water crossing at the creek when one of the children lost his footing in the current and was swept over the crossing.  Authorities say two men followed in an attempt to rescue the child, who was swept further downstream where he eventually able to grab onto a piece of concrete rebar to await rescue.

However, authorities say one of the two men, identified as Jeremy Layton, 31, was pulled under deep water on the crossing's south side during the rescue attempt.  The other man tried to pull Layton from the water, but was unable due to the current's strength.  Residents of a nearby home were then able to aid the two remaining swimmers by pulling them ashore with ropes.

Emergency responders say they found Layton on a sandbar approximately a quarter of a mile south of the Staley Road Crossing.  Attempts to revive Layton were unsuccessful, and Edgar County Coroner Peter Templeton pronounced Layton dead at the scene.

Layton's death is currently under investigation by the Edgar County Coroner's Office and the Edgar County Sheriff's Office.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.
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