13-year-old girl, her father drown in Petenwell Lake

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STRONGS PRAIRIE, Wis. — Officials have recovered the bodies of a father and daughter who drowned in Petenwell Lake over the weekend, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were sent to the area of 20th Ave and Chicago Avenue in the Town of Strongs Prairie at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday regarding two missing boaters. Witnesses told officials they saw a young girl and her father jump into the water, but neither had resurfaced.

An investigation revealed several children were swimming in the water and began to struggle when the children’s father jumped into the water from a boat in an attempt to help. Witnesses pulled some of the children out of the water, but officials said one child and the father were still missing.

Search and rescue crews as well as divers searched the area until roughly 11 p.m. Crews recovered both bodies from the water after resuming the search Monday morning.

A news release identified the victims as Andrew Nett, 41, and Aurora Nett, 13, both of Arkdale.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department received help from the Big Flats Fire Department, Necedah Fire & Rescue, Rome Fire Department, Juneau County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Fort McCoy Fire Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office and Adams County Medical Examiner’s Office.