Ill. man who died in boating accident had E.C. ties

2014-06-23T15:45:00Z 2014-06-23T21:27:29Z Ill. man who died in boating accident had E.C. tiesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 23, 2014 3:45 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | A 33-year-old Illinois man who died in a Friday boating accident worked as a desktop technician for Community Healthcare System's information technology department based at St. Catherine Hospital.

Jeremy Muzika, of Palos Hills, Ill., and 40-year-old Viengsavnh Bielarz died of drowning and multiple injuries, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Their deaths were ruled accidental.

Gary Weiner, vice president of information technology and chief information officer for Community Healthcare System, said in a statement that, well into the future, the company will feel the loss of Muzika, who always had a smile.

"He was a talented employee, distinguished by his high level of customer service, delivering information technology services to staff across the healthcare system," Weiner stated.

On Monday, information technology staff and St. Catherine employees gathered to remember and celebrate his life.

A memorial service for Muzika will take place in the next couple of weeks in the chapel at St. Catherine Hospital, Weiner stated. 

Authorities on Monday recovered the body of a third boater in the Cal-Sag Channel, in Palos Hills. 

U.S. Coast Guard officials said a 66-foot vessel with a cargo of six barges collided Friday with a 19-foot pleasure boat near Palos Hills.

A crewmember on the larger vessel notified Coast Guard officials, and a search was immediately launched. 

Search teams recovered Muzika and Bielarz Saturday. None of the three was wearing a life jacket.

Investigators continue to seek the cause of the collision. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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