Missing boater recovered by dive team from Lake Mendota
Dane County Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered this morning the body of the missing boater from June 6 on Lake Mendota.
An autopsy will be performed by the Dane County Medical Examiner on Tuesday morning, and the 22-year-old Madison man's identity released with their determination.
The sailboat was carrying eight other passengers at the time of the incident. Witnesses stated that the man simply jumped in the water to cool off and quickly disappeared.
Members of the Dane County Sheriff's Office Marine and Trail Enforcement Team and Dive Team, searched the water throughout the day on Sunday and again early Monday morning. With the aid of a side-scan sonar, the deputies were able to locate the body approximately one mile from the shore of the Memorial Union, in approximately 60 feet of water. This is the deepest recovery by the Dane County Sheriff's Office to date.
Marine and Trail deputies want to remind boaters to always use a personal floatation device when on the water.
On June 6 around 5:58 pm, Dane County Sheriff's Deputies, Madison Fire Department, and UW Life Saving responded to Lake Mendota for a report of a possible drowning.
Rescue boats and divers searched the area for an adult male but were unable to locate the boater. The Dane County Sheriff's Office Marine and Trail Enforcement (MATE) will resume the search tomorrow morning.
The name of the missing boater is not being released at this time pending notification of relatives.