Missing boater found dead on shore of Lake Butte des Morts

Crews pull fishing boat from Lake Butte des Morts. June 3, 2020. (WBAY Photo)
Crews pull fishing boat from Lake Butte des Morts. June 3, 2020. (WBAY Photo)(WBAY)
Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5:13 AM CDT
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A boater who went missing on Lake Butte des Morts during Tuesday night's storm has been found dead.

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office reported the 61-year-old Oshkosh man, who wasn't publicly named, had been found dead along the shoreline.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased man," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office..

Another boater survived several hours in the water before making it to shore with his pet dog.

At about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, the friends were fishing on the northeast part of the lake when a strong thunderstorm capsized the 18-foot boat. The two men and a dog were thrown into the lake. The men were separated.

One of the men survived for three hours in the water before making it to shore, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office. The dog also made it to safety.

The survivor, a 55-year-old man from the Town of Clayton, alerted a resident who called for help. Rescue crews responded to the scene.

The search for the missing boater started about 10:30 p.m. Crews ended their search at about 2 a.m.

They resumed the search at daylight. The fishing boat was recovered from the water. The missing boater's body was later found on the shoreline.

The Sheriff's Office says neither man was wearing a life jacket or flotation device.

The Sheriff's Office said earlier in the day that the search was likely a recovery effort.

"Realistically it's a recovery effort. It's been several hours. Based on the information was that the gentleman provided last night with the storm and the way the lake was and we know the swells were pretty high, that that's likely," says Capt. Lara Vendola.


FIRST ALERT UPDATE: The missing boater has been found dead. Story: https://www.wbay.com/content/news/Boater-missing-on-Lake-Butte-des-Morts-570978501.html ====================================================== WATCH: Officials are giving an update on the missing boater search on Lake Butte des Morts.

Posted by WBAY TV-2 on Wednesday, June 3, 2020