Kenosha man drowns after attempting to rescue a struggling swimmer in Somers

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Updated at 9:40 a.m. on May 8, 2023:

SOMERS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Details have been released about a drowning that occurred in Kenosha County on Sunday, May 7, resulting in the death of a local man who attempted to save a struggling swimmer.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department noted in a Monday, May 8 press release that Kenosha County sheriff's deputies and Somers Fire/Rescue personnel responded to the area near 20th and Sheridan at around 1:31 p.m., following reports of a possible drowning.

An adult male was reportedly swimming in the Pike River when he began to struggle. A child with the man alerted his brother and another adult, who both entered the water to help.

While the struggling swimmer was brought to shore, the brother, 39-year-old Adrian Sanchez-Trujillo of Kenosha, went under and did not resurface.

Kenosha County deputies and Somers Fire/Rescue personnel searched for Sanchez-Trujillo, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle to aid their efforts. At around 2:49 p.m., Somers Rescue personnel reportedly located Sanchez-Trujillo underwater, unconscious and not breathing.

He was transported to Froedtert South Pleasant Prairie Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by the Kenosha County Medical Examiner's Office.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department at (262) 605-5100.

Originally published at 4:23 p.m. on May 7, 2023:

KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A man in his 30s has died following reports of a possible drowning early Sunday afternoon in Kenosha County.

Multiple agencies responded around 1:30 p.m. to the area of Pike River near Somers, where a group had been swimming and kayaking.

Officials told CBS 58 they believed someone had gone missing and were using dive rescue teams, air drones and underwater drones to search along the river.

"All it came down to was we had some of our mutual aid departments, as well as my department, in gumby suits in the water," said Somers Fire Department Deputy Chief Jodin Froeber. "They were able to actually move around and stir it up and that's what eventually found the individual."

Froeber added that while the current Sunday was not strong, the area the man was found in was about seven to eight feet deep and only had about one foot of visibility.

Officials believe he may have been underwater for nearly an hour and a half before he was located and taken to a hospital.

Froeber said if you are planning on enjoying the warmer weather outdoors, to have safety be your highest priority, as things can change at a moment's notice.

This includes wearing life-preservers and letting others know your location.

It is unclear if the man found was wearing a life jacket.

The ages and genders of the other people in the group have also not been confirmed, nor their relationship to one another.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

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