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UPDATE: Body pulled from Lake Mendota; officials believe it is missing swimmer


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County authorities say a body was pulled from Lake Mendota around 10:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Dane County Sheriff's Office PIO Elise Schaffer confirms that a body had been pulled from the water. She says officials believe it is the body of a missing 22-year-old Madison man who went disappeared in waters near UW-Memorial Union after going swimming early Friday morning. 

The Dane County Medical Examiner has yet to release the identity of the body.

The missing swimmer was first reported missing at about 2:46 a.m. Friday.

Madison police spokesperson Officer Howard Payne said the man was with a woman companion. Payne said it's not known if the swimmer was drinking before going into the water.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Office has turned the search for a missing man from Madison into a recovery mission.

Madison Fire Department's Lake Rescue Team ran out of oxygen in their diver's tanks during their search for a missing swimmer in Lake Mendota early Friday morning. The Dane County Sheriff's Office took over in the water around 8:20 a.m. Friday.

The missing swimmer is a 22-year-old man from Madison. He was first reported missing at about 2:46 a.m. Friday.

His friend told police the two were swimming when he went under water. She swam to shore and called 911 for help.

Police officers searched along the shore to find out if the man was able to reach safety on his own. Sail boats were also searched. Police say the missing swimmer became distressed near the sailboats in an area of the lake that is about 12-feet deep.

Madison Fire Department's Lake Rescue Team was equipped with underwater lights to assist in the search. Divers say the lack of daylight and thick weeds in the area hampered the search before sunrise.

Dane County Sheriff's Office PIO Elise Schaffer updated the media on the progress of the search around 10:15 a.m.

Schaffer says dive teams are searching in waters about eight to 12-feet deep. She says there are lots of weeds in the water and the crews only have about one-foot of visibility.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department has pulled its divers out of Lake Mendota because they've run out of oxygen as they search for a missing swimmer.

The 22-year-old man went under the water around 2:45 a.m. Friday. Authorities have been searching for him all morning.

Two divers went into the water right before 5:00 a.m. They have since been pulled out after running out of oxygen. The Dane County Sheriff's Office dive team has been called into help, and is expected to arrive shortly.


 MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Fire Department's Lake Rescue Team searches for a swimmer reported missing early Friday morning.

The man, 22 years old, went missing around 2:45 a.m. The woman he was with, told authorities the two were swimming in Lake Mendota when we went under water. She tried to help him to shore, but when she lost sight of him, she returned to shore and called 911.

Police officers are searching along the shore for the man. The Dane County Sheriff's Office's dive team has been called into help and will join the search once the sun comes up.

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