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Search underway: One missing, one rescued after canoe capsizes on Fox Lake

Posted at 3:06 PM, Apr 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 11:23:52-04

FOX LAKE, Wis. — An active water rescue and search remains underway on Fox Lake after a canoe capsized on Thursday.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said in a statement deputies responded to Fox Lake around 12:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a canoe that had capsized. Two people were in the water yelling for help near the north shore.

One person was above the water and the second victim could not be seen. Authorities on Friday said the second person is still missing.

Deputies rescued an adult Fox Lake woman and she was transported to a local hospital.

An active search remains underway for an adult man. Deputies say the man is believed to be a resident of rural Fox Lake.

Neither occupant of the canoe was wearing a personal flotation device.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says the Town of Fox Lake boat launch on Blackhawk Trail is currently being used as a command post and staging area. Public access to that landing is restricted.

Officials remind the public that conditions on the lake are not suitable for canoeing or kayaking due to high winds.

Authorities released the following on Friday:

The 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 conducted an extensive search of Fox Lake until sunset on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, the male subject has not yet been located and is considered missing at this time. The female subject was treated and released from the hospital Thursday evening.

Search operations continue, however, due to impending weather, and the safety of divers, a full-scale search is not possible today. Full search operations will resume as soon as it is deemed safe by dive teams.

No further information will be available in this incident at this time and we will update the public as more information becomes available.

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