Swan Kills Kayaker

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:54am

Authorities say an aggressive swan protecting its nest is to blame for a kayaker's drowning.

A Chicago-area man drowned Saturday after an encounter with an aggressive swan.

Anthony Hensley of Villa Park works for a company that uses swans and dogs to keep geese out of ponds.

He was kayaking in the pond, checking on a swan's nest when the bird attacked, forcing him from the kayak, Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Frank Bilecki explained.

Witnesses saw Hensley struggling with the bird as he made his way towards the shore, then slip under the water and never resurface.

Emergency responders and dive crews were able to recover his body.

Attempts at reviving him with CPR were not successful.

Hensley did not have life insurance and donations are being collected for his family.

Contributions can be made to Amy Hensley C/O Steurle Funeral Home at 350 S. Ardmore Ave., in Villa Park, IL 60181.

 

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