MADISON (WKOW)-- Divers have recovered the body of a missing swimmer in Lake Mendota. Officials say the man was swimming with two friends when he suddenly disappeared into the water.
The search started when witnesses called 911 around 3:30 pm Wednesday and reported a man that was missing in the lake. Four divers with the Madison Fire Department split up into teams of two and started their rescue efforts. After two and a half hours of searching they weren't able to find the missing man.
"Efforts went from a rescue operation to a body recovery operation," Dane County Captain Jeff Teuscher says.
The Dane County Dive Team was brought in to conduct a thorough search for the body. Sonar sensors along their boat picked up several objects that didn't appear to be natural under the water.
Officials say the water was nearly 15 feet in the area they were searching and divers had to deal with several hardships during the search.
"Divers reported there was about six feet of weeds, four to six feet of weeds there. There was virtually zero visibility," Teuscher says.
Despite the hardships, divers were able to locate an object of interest under the water. They marked the position with an orange buoy and within minutes they were able to pull the body of the missing swimmer onto their boat.
Officials still haven't released information about who this person was or if he is currently enrolled at the university. UW-Police are investigating the events that led up to the drowning. They have interviewed several witnesses who were at the lake, as well as the two swimmers who were with the victim before he drowned.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Divers have pulled the body of a swimmer from Lake Mendota.
Authorities say this happened around 7 p.m.
The Madison Fire Department said the swimmer is a man, but he has not been identified.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Crews are searching for a missing swimmer on Lake Mendota, near campus.
Authorities say three people went out to swim near the Porter Boathouse on campus and one of the swimmers disappeared. They say the swimmers then asked for help from bystanders on shore, who joined in the search for the missing man.
The Madison Fire Department says divers from its department searched the area where the man was last seen, but they had trouble because of weeds in the water and poor visibility.
The Dane County Sheriff's Department used a side scanning sonar unit to help during the search.
The sheriff's department will continue the search tonight, weather permitting.
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