Green Lake County sheriff responds to three incidents on Big Green Lake

Green Lake County sheriff responds to three incidents on Big Green Lake

The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to three calls Wednesday on Big Green Lake.

Around 10:15 a.m., the county’s 911 center took a call about scuba divers in trouble north of the Horner Road boat landing.

First responders arrived to find the divers safe. An investigation revealed the scuba divers were at a legal distance required for diving when a fishing vessel pulled down a rigger weight with a lure and hooked a diver. The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the diver was concerned about “exposure to his rapid assent and the bends.”

No injuries were reported in this incident.

Around 3:30 p.m., the county’s 911 center received a call reporting a catamaran sailing vessel had tipped over and a man was in distress. The boat was in the southwest part of the lake, near County Highway K and Dodge Memorial Park. A nearby citizen in a pontoon boat was able to help the man get out of the water, according to a release by the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported in this incident.

Lastly, at 4:30 p.m., first responders were called out to help a scuba diver near Emerald Shores. The diver reported being underwater for about an hour when he resurfaced to find the boat he dove from gone.

First responders said the diver was safe and helped him get to shore. The water patrol team with the Green Lake Sheriff’s Office located the boat near the Roger Williams Inn on the north shore. It is believed that the wind picked up and anchoring was lost. This caused the pontoon boat to float over a half mile, in deep water, until the anchor was able to touch the bottom of the lake again.

“While no injuries were reported as a result of the three calls, things could have been much worse,” Sheriff Mark Podoll said.

“What I appreciate about our community here is that everyone is watching and doesn’t take a pass on getting involved or calling in to the Sheriff’s Office.”

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