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Wisconsin Man Drowns in Lake Superior

Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says a 68-year-old Wisconsin man accidentally drowned in Lake Superior Wednesday. Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says a 68-year-old Wisconsin man accidentally drowned in Lake Superior Wednesday. | 

August 31, 2017 01:25 PM

Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says a 68-year-old Wisconsin man accidentally drowned in Lake Superior Wednesday.

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Officials say the victim, Stanley Szczytko of Marshfield, was attempting to untangle a line to the jib sail of a 42-foot boat when the line was freed. He was pulled overboard and drowned.

A female was on the sailing vessel and called for assistance around 3:43 p.m. The incident happened in the area between Houghton Point and Long Island near Washburn, Wisconsin.

Nearly 30 minutes after the call, the US Coast Guard located the body of the male submerged in the water. Authorities say he was not wearing a personal floatation device. He was removed from the water, and CPR was initiated by Coast Guard Staff.

The man was taken to the Washburn Marina where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office.


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