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Wisconsin man drowns in Stephenson

STEPHENSON — A man drowned on the High Falls Flowage in Stephenson on Monday, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin reported.

Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that just before 8 p.m. Monday, county dispatch received calls about a truck that had gone off a private bridge near Boat Landing No. 6 Road and the Pine Acres Resort.

Emergency responders from Twin Bridge Rescue Squad and the Stephenson Fire Department ice rescue team responded with sheriff’s deputies.

Rescuers removed an adult male victim who was submerged in the water and performed resuscitation efforts, which were unsucessful. The Marinette County medical examiner also responded to the scene.

The victim was identified as Floyd R. Kriescher, 67, of De Pere, Wisconsin.

Investigation showed the truck had made attempts to get onto shore and eventually onto a narrow private bridge. However, the truck went off the bridge and into the water.

The sheriff’s office and medical examiner are continuing the investigation. Sauve urges anyone venturing onto any frozen body of water to use extreme caution as ice conditions are variable and unsafe in many locations.

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