Officials: Man pronounced dead after Fond du Lac River drowning incident

FOND DU LAC -- A man was pronounced dead Thursday evening following reports that he had drowned in the Fond du Lac River.

Emergency crews were called to the river just before 6 p.m. near the Arndt Street bridge. Fond du Lac Assistant Fire Chief Erick Gerritson said the man, 37, was in the water with his nephew when they tried to swim across. He then went under.

A bystander jumped in to try to help the man, but turned around due to the current.

Dive teams were in the water for approximately one hour before finding him further down the river. In a news release, Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue said the man did not have a pulse when he was removed from the river.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead. Fond du Lac police referred to the situation as a "drowning incident."