Fox Lake water rescue, man missing

A man whose canoe capsized in Fox Lake remained missing Thursday night, April 21, hours after first responders rescued the woman he was with.

The couple has lived at a cottage just up the road at Hayes Resort. It was the owner of that resort who dialed 911.

The owner told FOX6 a customer thought he noticed a canoe capsize on the northern end of Fox Lake. His suspicions were right, so she dialed 911, prompting the all-hands-on-deck response around 12:30 p.m.

Water rescue on Fox Lake, Dodge County (Credit: Sam Mulvaine)

"I heard sirens down the road, and then I got a couple texts like, 'What's going on on Fox Lake?' So I started looking out at the lake," said Sam Mulvaine, neighbor.

Mulvaine took photos as deputies pulled a woman out of the water. Sheriff's officials said she was taken to the hospital as a team of boats and divers continued searching for the missing man who did not have a life jacket.

In a press release, officials said conditions on Fox Lake were not suitable for a canoe or kayak because of high winds.

"They probably went out in the calm, but come about 10:30-11 a.m., the wind really picked up," said Mulvaine.

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Fox Lake is popular in summer and winter and dangerous year-round.

"It just ended up turning tragic, unfortunately," said Mulvaine.

Water rescue on Fox Lake, Dodge County (Credit: Sam Mulvaine)

Deputies did pull the canoe out of the water.

Sheriff's officials said anyone going out on the water should have a life jacket or life preserver with them.