WBEZ | swans http://www.wbez.org/tags/swans Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Swans to blame for Villa Park man's death http://www.wbez.org/news/swans-blame-villa-park-mans-death-104063 <p><p>Federal safety officials say the swans were to blame for the death of a Villa Park man in April.</p><p>Authorities say 37-year-old Anthony Hensley worked to keep geese away from a condo complex near Des Plaines. He fell out of his kayak and drowned while checking out the swans. Officials say he apparently got too close and was attacked.</p><p><a href="http://cbsloc.al/UZ1k2j" target="_blank">WBBM reports</a> investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration worked to determine if any safety violations contributed to Hensley&#39;s death. The agency has now cleared his employer, saying it found no violations.</p><p>WBBM reports that Hensley was a good swimmer but ended up in the water fully clothed and wearing boots. Police say the swans continued to swim at him as he tried to make it to shore.</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/swans-blame-villa-park-mans-death-104063 Swan linked to suburban Chicago man's drowning http://www.wbez.org/science/environment/swan-linked-suburban-chicago-mans-drowning-98305 <p><p>Officials say an aggressive swan may have contributed to the death of a suburban Chicago kayaker who drowned.</p><p>Anthony Hensley of Villa Park was pulled from a pond at a Des Plaines area condominium complex Saturday morning. The medical examiner's office ruled his death an accident.</p><p>Cook County sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki says the 37-year-old, an experienced kayaker, may have paddled too close to a nesting swan as he checked on the birds.</p><p>Bilecki says a jogger reported seeing Hensley fall from the kayak into the water. No one saw any swans attack him, but witnesses said they saw two birds circling him after he fell into the water. He went under as he attempted to swim to shore.</p></p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:02:16 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/science/environment/swan-linked-suburban-chicago-mans-drowning-98305