Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Woman dies after diving off pier in Lower Brookwood

by Chris Schultz

July 21, 2011

Fontana ó An 86-year-old Oak Park, Ill., woman died in Geneva Lake about 11:28 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, Fontana police reported.

According to the Fontana police report, a witness told police that he saw Inger O. Klumpner jump off the pier by her summer home in Lower Brookwood. Between 15 and 20 minutes later, the same witness saw Klumpner floating face down in the lake.

The witness reportedly removed the woman from the water and called for assistance. The Water Safety Patrol was first on the scene. When Fontana police arrived, Water Safety Patrol responders were performing CPR on Klumpner.

An official cause of death hasnít been reported. Police reports indicate that the temperature was about 100 degrees at the time of the incident.

Because of the high bluffs shoreward, Klumpner was transported by the Water Safety Patrol boat to Abbey Springs, where she was transferred to Fontana EMS. The Fontana ambulance transported her to Walworth County Mercy Medical Center.

According to the report, police were notified at 12:45 p.m. of Klumpnerís death.

Ted Pankau, Water Safety Patrol director, said authorities believe Klumpner went into the water for a swim. Water off the pier at Lower Brookwood is between 10 to 12 feet deep, he said.

This is the second drowning so far this year in Geneva Lake. The first drowning of the year occurred almost exactly a week earlier, on July 13, near the Lake Geneva Country Club, when a 24-year-old Chicago man, Gjergii Peci, drowned while boating with friends.

The last time there were reported drownings in Geneva Lake was 2008, when the lake claimed three lives. The first, Christina Ann Tully, 28, of Winter Garden, Fla., who was hit by a boat June 30 while wake boarding. On Aug. 20 that year, Virginia C. Nato, 52, died after being pulled unresponsive from the water off the Riviera Beach, Lake Geneva.

The last was Maud F. Brennan, 88, who was pulled from 3 feet of water Dec. 5 in the town of Linn.