Man's Body Pulled From Lake Como, Walworth County

A search and rescue operation at Lake Como Friday ended four hours later with the recovery of the body of a man in his 40's.

Police say shortly after 1:15 p.m., they received a call of a man who had fallen through the ice.

His body was recovered around 5:30 p.m.

Divers and sonar techs helped with the search as air boats headed out on the lake.

The man's body was located roughly 700 yards from shore.

The first boat was in the water around 1:27 and was able to locate the hole where it's believed the man entered the water.

He was last seen around 1:40 p.m.

Police did not say what the man was doing on the ice.

Extra crews were called in because the cold temperatures limited the time divers could stay in the water.

Here in the full press release from  Steven R. Hurley, Town of Geneva Chief of Police:

On 12/09/16 at approximately 1:15pm, Town of Geneva Officers responded to a report that a man that had been walking on Lake Como had just fallen through the ice.  The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Elkhorn Fire and Rescue were also notified and responded.   

It was determined that the individual had walked onto the lake from property located in Geneva National on the northwest side of the lake.  The individual was several hundred yards onto the lake when he fell through the ice. 

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office deployed deputies in wet suits, as well as their dive team.  The City of Lake Geneva deployed a rescue team on an airboat and reached the area where the individual had fallen through the ice and immediately began a search.  Additional aid was also requested through  MABAS, a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, designed for public safety responses from emergency responders located in Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.   

At 3:30pm the rescue effort became a recovery effort.  At approximately 4:52pm, the victim was located and at approximately 5:28pm, the victim was recovered.    

The identity of the individual will be released following notification of family.    There is nothing further to report.    

Emergency responders from the following agencies responded and assisted:

Lake Geneva Police Department

Walworth County Sheriff

Waukesha County Sheriff

Racine County Sheriff

Linn Police Department

Wisconsin DNR

Elkhorn Fire

East Troy Fire Department

Grayslake Fire Department

Libertyville fire department

Fox Lake Fire Department

Lake Geneva Fire Department

Linn Fire Department

Williams Bay Fire Department

Town of Delavan fire Department

Fontana Fire Department

Barrington Fire Department

Knollwood Fire Department

Mundelein Fire Department

Wauconda Fire Department

Buffalo Grove Fire Department

Round Lake Fire Department

Wonder Lake Fire Department

Antioch Fire Department

McHenry Fire Department

Greater Round Lake Fire Department

Countryside Fire Department

Waukegan Fire Department

Racine Fire Bells

Paratech Rescue

Elkhorn Rescue

Flight for Life


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