Rural Carbondale Man Dies in Wednesday Morning Boating Accident

Rural Carbondale Man Dies in Wednesday Morning Boating Accident

JACKSON COUNTY, IL — A rural Carbondale man died as a result of a boating accident Wednesday morning in Jackson County.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, officials received a report about a boating accident on a private pond near Grammar Road in rural Carbondale around 10:40 a.m.

The caller reported her husband, identified as 66-year-old Sang Eun Lee, was in a small boat on their pond when the boat capsized, and he was thrown in the water. The caller also alerted neighbors who responded to assist, but they were not able to find Lee.

Sheriff’s deputies and other area emergency responders responded to the call. The Murphysboro Fire Department responded with their rescue boat and a drone. A dive team was also called in to help in the search and found Lee submerged in the pond and removed him from the water at 1:15 p.m.

Lee was pronounced dead by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office. Foul play is not suspected. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.