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Body of father who went to rescue kids recovered from river

July 14, 2019

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a 53-year-old father who went missing after trying to rescue his children from the Wisconsin River.

Boaters found the man’s body Sunday downstream of the Prairie du Sac Dam between Mazomanie and Arena. First responders searched and found the body.

The man had gone missing near the dam Saturday morning. He had swum out into the river with his wife to rescue their three children who were wearing life jackets but were floating too far away.

The mother and three children were able to make it to shore, but the father did not.

According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, the coroner’s office ruled the death an accidental drowning.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the man’s name was not immediately released.

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