Man's body pulled from 128 feet of water in Geneva Lake

Updated: 1:29 p.m. on July 14, 2021 

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Authorities recovered a 22-year-old Illinois man's body from Geneva Lake. He was found in approximately 128 feet of water. 

Officials say on July 13, around 3:43 p.m., they received a call for a possible drowning on Geneva Lake, near Williams Bay. 

An initial investigation showed the victim was being pulled on an inflatable tube by a boat with five people on board. When the victim fell off the tube, his personal flotation device (PFD) slipped off. The victim began to struggle to remain above water, occupants on the boat jumped into the water to try and rescue the victim but were unsuccessful. 

Multiple agencies from southern  Wisconsin and north Illinois helped in the search and recovery efforts. Two ROV’s were utilized to recover the victim.

Geneva Lake Law Enforcement is the investigating agency, being assisted by WI DNR, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and Williams Bay Police.

An investigation is ongoing.

Published: 10:16 p.m. on July 13, 2021

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Geneva Lake police say a search is underway for a missing person in the lake. 

An underwater Remote Operated Vehicle is being used to search the water.

A recovery mission began Tuesday evening, after a person disappeared in the lake Tuesday afternoon, July 13.

Officials say it happened near Williams Bay.

Geneva Lake Police have called it a probable drowning.


This is a developing story. Stick with CBS 58 for updates on air and online.

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