Search halted for missing canoeist on Fox Lake

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DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Search operations for a missing canoeist were canceled by dive and boat crews due to high wind conditions at Fox Lake on Saturday.

“These conditions make dive operations difficult and dangerous for dive personnel,” Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt wrote in a news release.

Saturday’s search was called off around 4:30 p.m., according to Schmidt.

Research will continue in the following days, but details will not be shared with the public.

“This is the result of windy weather conditions forecast over the next few days, which makes it difficult to predict what search techniques may be feasible without putting divers at risk,” Schmidt continued.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team of Marathon, Fox Lake Fire Department, Beaver Dam Fire Department, Hustisford Fire Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources took part in the search until it was interrupted.

4/22 REPORT

The search continues for a missing man on Fox Lake in Dodge County.

Crews conducted a thorough search of the lake until sunset on Thursday. They restarted Friday morning, but weather is preventing full-scale operations.

“Search operations are continuing, however, due to impending weather conditions and diver safety, a full-scale search is not possible today. Full search operations will resume as soon as it is deemed safe. by dive crews,” a statement from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office read.

Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a call about an overturned canoe and two people screaming for help near the north shore.

Deputies were able to save a woman from the water, but the male victim was not visible.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Conditions on the lake are not suitable for canoe or kayak use due to high winds. None of the occupants were wearing personal flotation devices,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Beaver Dam Fire Department Dive Team, Campbellsport Fire Department Dive Team, Fox Lake Fire Department, Waupun Fire Department, Campbellsport Fire Department, Hustisford Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources participated in the search Thursday.

INITIAL REPORT

A search and rescue operation is underway on Fox Lake in Dodge County, where a canoe capsized, throwing two people into the water.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call just before 12:30 p.m. from two people crying for help near the north shore of the lake.

Deputies found one person above the water but could not see the second person. First responders were able to rescue a woman from rural Fox Lake and take her to hospital. We don’t know his condition.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking for a man, also believed to be from the Fox Lake countryside.

The sheriff’s office says none of the canoeists were wearing life jackets. He adds that the conditions on the lake are not suitable for canoes or kayaks at the moment due to the strong wind.

The boat ramp on Blackhawk Trail is closed to the public while lifeguards use it as a staging area.

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