At least 4 fatalities at Steel Dam since 2007

LIVE at 10: Past incidents at the Steel Dam

The Steel Dam already had a reputation for being dangerous, but as the search for the 5-year-old girl who went missing Monday continued into its third full day Local 4 News looked into its past incidents. 

A look through our archives revealed there have been at least four fatalities, including the 5-year-old girl, at the Rock River dam in Milan, Illinois, since 2007.

The first happened in July 2007 when a 70-year-old fisherman fell into the water. 

A 20-year-old woman died the following summer after she went swimming near the dam. 

The third death happened in 2013 when two men on jet skis rode back and forth over the Steel Dam. Officials say they ignored signs to turn around. Eventually one man fell off this jet ski and drowned. The second man was also ejected from his jet ski, but held onto a tree branch until rescue crews could get to him. 

Prior to 2007 there were no recorded rescues or fatalities at the Steel Dam for at least 10 years, according to a 2007 report by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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