Man rescued, jumped in Lake Mendota after crash

Victim is recovering at the hospital, police said
Man rescued, jumped in Lake Mendota after crash

The Maple Bluff Police Department is investigating why a man jumped in Lake Mendota near Tenney Park.

Man rescued, jumped in Lake Mendota after crash

Maple Bluff police said the incident started with a traffic stop that turned into a high-speed chase.

Madison police said the 39-year-old Madison man crashed into a tree near Sherman Avenue and Tenney Park around midnight Wednesday.

Man rescued, jumped in Lake Mendota after crash

The man reportedly got out of the car after the crash and jumped in the water. He swam in the open water of Lake Mendota for approximately 25 minutes, police said.

The Madison fire airboat, assisted by Madison police, rescued the man from the water. He was in chest-deep water about 75 feet from shore.

Man rescued, jumped in Lake Mendota after crash

Police said the man ignored requests to come to the boat. Instead, he moved toward its large fan. Two firefighters leapt into the water to keep the man from it, and pulled him toward the police officers.

One officer, in his report, wrote: “Plunging my hands into the frigid, icy waters, I grabbed hold of (the man) along with (the other police officer) as the firefighters pushed from below. (The suspect) did not resist but offered no assistance getting himself into the boat.”

While in the water for about a half hour, his body temperature had dropped to 87 degrees, police said.

The man is recovering at the hospital. There is no word yet on whether he will face charges.

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