Authorities on Tuesday afternoon announced the man whose body was recovered in the Washington County State Conservation Area lake was that of Juan Carlos Sanchez-Mora, 34, of Radom.
According to a statement from Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger’s office, Sanchez-Mora was fishing with some friends on the lake when, around midnight, he either jumped or fell out of the boat and into the water.
Styninger said injuries to Sanchez-Mora’s head and witness statements indicate Sanchez-Mora hit the boat’s propeller when he was in the water.
The boaters called 911 at about 1:30 a.m. reporting a man who was unresponsive at the lake. Upon arrival, rescue workers were told that Sanchez-Mora was in the water and could not be located.
Firefighters from Belleville, Fayetteville, Mascoutah, Nashville and Swansea participated in the search.
Belleville Fire Department Chief Tom Pour said at one point the effort to find Sanchez-Mora had to be stopped because of a heavy downpour of rain.
The search resumed and, shortly after the sun came up, searchers using sonar located and recovered the body.
Styninger’s statement said alcohol is a factor in the incident. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the victim was riding on a boat belonging to a man from East Carondelet who is being investigated for allegedly operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.