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BREAKING - Man drowns in Geneva Lake



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July 14, 2011 | 09:55 AM
A 24-year-old Chicago man who jumped off a boat to help a fellow swimmer in Geneva Lake late Wednesday afternoon died after being found 20 feet below the surface of the water.

The man's name is still being withheld until the family is contacted.

Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Chief Tom Hausner reported Thursday morning the 24-year-old and two others were on a boat near Lake Geneva Country Club in Linn Wednesday at about 5 p.m.

One of the men jumped in for a swim and the boat started drifting away because of the wind. The swimmer started struggling, so a second man jumped in to help him and then the 24-year-old jumped in to help, too. The second man told the 24-year-old to get back to the boat, Hausner said.

The second man was helping the first man, but when they turned to head back to the boat, they realized the 24-year-old was nowhere to be seen.

According to Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol Director Ted Pankau, the two started yelling and nearby boaters came to assist and pull those two to safety.

At that time, the Dive Team, made of people from Fontana, Williams Bay, Delavan and Linn were called to search for the 24-year-old.

About 45 minutes later, at 5:45 p.m., the 24-year-old was found about 30 to 40 feet away from where he was last seen swimming and was about 20 to 25 feet below the surface, Pankau said. Divers recovered the man and he was pulled onto the dive boat where CPR was performed.

He was transported to the Lake Geneva Country Club pier where more personnel were on hand and Flight For Life had stationed. He was flown to a hospital in Milwaukee, Hausner said.

He was later pronounced dead.

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