A 17-year-old Lyons boy who jumped off the Ogden Avenue bridge and into the middle of the Des Plaines River on Wednesday morning is unhurt and is being evaluated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Lyons police officials have reported.
According to Deputy Police Chief Matthew Buckley, who also serves as Riverside’s interim fire chief, a Cook County Forest Preserve police officer spotted the teen on the south side of the bridge, with his feet dangling over the edge, at about 5:25 a.m.
The police officer attempted to talk the boy off the ledge, but about five minutes later the boy reportedly let go of the railing and landed in the middle of the Des Plaines River, about 15 feet below. The teen reportedly was not harmed by the fall into the water, which is about two feet deep.
Police threw a life preserver to the boy, but he reportedly ignored it, choosing instead to sit in the water and disregard police attempts to get him to walk to shore. A rescue boat from the Riverside Fire Department responded to the scene at about 6:15 a.m., at which time the boy reportedly walked over to it and got in, said Lyons Police Commander Brian Kuratko.
One lane of traffic was closed during the rescue operation.