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Statement on accident on Wallace Lake released | By Washington County Sheriff


June 14, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – On Thursday, June 14 at 12:10 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a resident in the 7100 block of S. Wallace Lake Drive in Town of Trenton that a weed cutting machine on Wallace Lake was capsized. The caller said it was being operated by an elderly male subject approximately 20 minutes prior to the call, but the caller didn’t see the male subject anywhere.  Squads were dispatched to this location and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was paged.

The first Deputy arrived at approximately two minutes after being dispatched and observed the machine capsized approximately 47 yards off the shore.

The Deputy entered the water along with a couple residents who were already in the water making their way to the machine.

Upon arrival to the machine the Deputy went under the water and was able to feel a human appendage, but was unable to free the subject and there were no signs of life.  The water depth was approximately 4 to 4.5 feet.

When members of the Dive Team arrived they were assisted by West Bend Fire Department and Newburg Fire Department. Working together they were able to free the subject by approximately 1:58 p.m. and the subject was later pronounced deceased by the Washington County Medical Examiner.

The subject was an 81-year old Town of Trenton man who was operating the machine removing weeds from Wallace Lake.

At this time no further information is being released as this is an active investigation.


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