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Sheriff: Dive crews recover body matching missing canoeist on Lake Winnebago

Posted at 8:36 AM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 22:38:41-04

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (TMJ4 / AP) — Crews on Lake Winnebago have recovered a body matching one of the men thrown from a canoe during choppy conditions earlier this week.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's said in an update Wednesday evening that sonar devices produced an image that prompted further investigation. A dive team was deployed and found an adult male matching the description of one of the victims.

The victim's body was found in the area investigators were focusing on, based on GPS coordinates obtained from cellular 911 calls.

The Medical Examiner's Office is now working with family members to confirm his identity. His identity will be released at a later date.

"With the dark conditions after sunset, combined with continued strong winds, below freezing temperatures, and turbulent waters, the search for the second victim was suspended for boat crew and diver safety. Both sheriff and DNR teams will resume the search for the remaining victim tomorrow," Sheriff Ryan F. Waldschmidt writes in the update.

Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde, both 21, ventured out on the lake Monday night after dark and in choppy conditions.

Officials say they were about a mile north of the Fond du Lac River outlet when dispatchers took a 911 call from one of them.

They were thrown into the water shortly after that call. Neither had a life preserver.

Multiple agencies have been searching for the victims since then while friends and family members wait on shore.

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