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Bayfield Co. Deputy Saves Man from Sinking Boat

Deputy Andrew Mika swam to a sinking boat and pushed it to shore, saving the man on board. Deputy Andrew Mika swam to a sinking boat and pushed it to shore, saving the man on board. |  Photo: Bayfield Co. Sheriff's Office

Updated: May 22, 2019 09:21 PM

A sheriff's deputy rescued a man whose boat was sinking on a Bayfield County Lake on Tuesday.

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Deputy Andrew Mika responded to a 911 call reporting the incident on Perch Lake in the Town of Drummond at 1:19 p.m.  The caller reported that the boat sank about 70 yards from shore at the Perch Lake Campground and that the man in the boat was not wearing a lifejacket.

Mika, who was the first to arrive on the scene, put on his lifejacket and swam out to the victim.  The boat was almost submerged except for a few inches of the bow, with the victim laying on top of the boat.

The man told Mika that he was weak, couldn't move, and was stiff.  Mika pulled the boat anchor out of the lake and put it in the boat.

He then pushed the boat to shore with one hand while he used the other hand and his legs to swim.

The man, a Grand View resident whose name and age were not released, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening.

Besides Deputy Mika, Drummond Fire and Rescue, Iron River Fire, and a Wisconsin DNR Warden also responded to the scene.

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