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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Missing Boater

July 23, 2022
Elise Schaffer, PIO, (608) 284-6142
Sheriff's Office

At approximately 1:00 pm, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Marine and Trail Enforcement, along with Madison Fire & Rescue responded to Lake Monona for a fisherman who reportedly went overboard. First responders were not immediately able to locate the 74-year-old Milwaukee man.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the scene a short time later and was searching near the middle of the lake, off Winnequah Road in Monona, until severe weather forced the divers off the water. They will continue diving Sunday morning.

Two other men were in the 24’ 2020 Ranger Reata at the time of the incident. They reported the missing man was driving the boat and fell out when the boat hit a swell and turned sharply. The two passengers were both safely returned to shore.

As divers resume their work in the morning, boaters are asked to keep a safe distance.


Madison, WI. July 24, 2022 – At approximately 1:30 p.m., the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team recovered the body of a 74-year-old Milwaukee man from Lake Monona.  The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release his identity following an autopsy and notification to family.