Boater dies after getting caught in Genoa dam

One person is dead after getting caught in the roller gates of the Genoa Dam on the Mississippi River.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Friday.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, a fisherman had his boat anchored inside the dam’s restricted area, within 150 feet of the dam. When the man was told to leave the restricted area, he pulled up his anchor before starting his boat’s engine. At that point, the boat was already being pulled toward the dam.

The DNR says the man’s boat capsized near the dam and he was pulled under the roller gates by the current.

The fisherman’s body was later recovered from the water. Authorities say he was wearing a life jacket when he was recovered.

The man’s name is not being released at this time.

Genoa is located about 20 miles south of La Crosse.

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