Four people were rescued from Lake Winnebago late Saturday afternoon. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputies received the call at 4:33 p.m., from a boat reporting they were taking on water, and were about 1 mile north and east of the lighthouse. At the time of the call, one person was already in the water.
At 4:51p.m., a DNR Warden was able to make contact with one subject in the water who was brought on board the DNR rescue boat. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Boat Patrol team utilized ‘The Justice’ boat and were able to remove three other boaters from the water. Four other people remained on the boat as it was towed back to the Fond du Lac Harbor.
Sheriff’s Deputies determined that the boat, a 17’6” 2006 Seadoo Challenger, was being operated by 50 year old Michael Jus of Fond du Lac, and had taken on water due to heavy winds and waves in the area. Four of the occupants panicked and jumped out of the boat in an attempt to keep it afloat. Some occupants were able to use personal flotation devices during the incident while others were provided by responding members of law enforcement. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Deputies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, City of Fond du Lac Police, and Wisconsin DNR responded to the area. City of Fond du Lac Fire and EMS also assisted with the incident.