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Chicago man identified as apparent lake drowning victim
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Chicago man identified as apparent lake drowning victim

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Search boat in possible drowning

A search boat heads back toward shore Monday on Geneva Lake, as emergency crews searched for a possible drowning victim who vanished while swimming.

An apparent drowning victim in Geneva Lake has been identified as David R. Trehane of Chicago.

Searchers found Trehane’s body in the lake just before 8 a.m. July 28 after he vanished while swimming off a boatone day earlier.

The Walworth County medical examiner is assisting with the investigation. While no determination has been announced on the cause of death, police believe it was a drowning.

Police said Trehane, 40, was on a rented pontoon boat with a group of other people July 27 when he and two others went into the water for a swim. The other two people got back to the boat safely, but Trehane struggled as the pontoon drifted away.

According to Geneva Lake Law Enforcement, Trehane disappeared around 5 p.m. in 14-foot-deep waters about 300 yards from shore near the Stone Manor mansion.

Police said Trehane had called to the pontoon for help, but his companions were unable to get the boat started to go rescue him. When someone threw a life jacket, Trehane was unable to retrieve it.

Others in the group dialed 911 for help, and rescuers searched unsuccessfully for four hours until nightfall. The recovery operation continued today, and Trehane’s body was found.

Police said the group visiting from Illinois had no connection to the Stone Manor property.

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