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Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Responds to Drowning Incident

According to a press release from the Geneva Lake Police Department, on Friday at about 12:45 p.m. the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency responded to the area of pier #783 within the Town of Linn for a possible drowning. Responding officers were advised of an 81-year-old male victim, later identified to be Peter K. Schauer of Chicago, Illinois, had been pulled from the water and life saving efforts had commenced on shore. An investigation was conducted which determined that the victim had departed pier #783 on a paddle board without wearing a personal floatation device. Witnesses reported Schauer had traveled approximately 100 yards east of the pier when the paddle board encountered a wake from a passing boat causing Schauer to fall into the water. Within minutes of Schauer disappearing from the surface of the water, people on shore went into Geneva Lake in an attempt to locate and rescue Schauer. They were able to locate him and brought him ashore, and determined he was unresponsive. Once removed from the water, lifesaving efforts immediately commenced but were unsuccessful. Other responding agencies included Town of Linn Fire and Rescue, City of Lake Geneva Fire and Rescue, Mercy Healthcare MD1, Town of Linn Police, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, and the Water Safety Patrol.

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