Man's Body Pulled from Chippewa Flowage

Man's Body Pulled from Chippewa Flowage

Created: July 19, 2018 03:52 PM

Searchers have recovered the body of a southern Wisconsin man who fell out of a boat on the Chippewa Flowage in Sawyer County.

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Sheriff Douglas Mroteck said a 911 caller reported an unoccupied boat circling under power in front of Pat's Landing on Chief Lake, which is on the western end of the flowage, around sunset on Wednesday evening.  Investigators learned that a 75-year-old man from Elm Grove, Wis., had left shore in the boat.

A three-hour rescue and recovery effort was made on Wednesday evening, and the search resumed Thursday morning.  The Sawyer County Dive Team, with assistance of the DNR, recovered the man's body in about 29 feet of water at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The man's name is not being released because family members are still being notified.  The Sawyer County Coroner's Office is investigating the cause of death.

Lac Courte Oreilles conservation wardens, the LCO Police Department, and Hayward Water Rescue also assisted the sheriff's office in the search.

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