1 of 2 missing canoers recovered on Lake Winnebago

The body of a man matching the description of one of two missing canoers was recovered Wednesday, March 31 from Lake Winnebago.

The sheriff said the medical examiner is working with family members to confirm the identity of the victim.

With dark conditions after sunset combined with continued strong winds, below-freezing temperatures and turbulent waters, the search for the second victim was suspended for boat crew and diver safety Wednesday; set to resume Thursday.

Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde, both 21, ventured out on the lake Monday night after dark and in choppy conditions. Officials say they were about a mile north of the Fond du Lac River outlet when dispatchers took a 911 call from one of them.

Fond du Lac County sheriff’s officials said at the time of the call, both were still in the canoe but were thrown into the water a short time later. Neither had a life jacket.

2 canoers missing on Lake Winnebago

Multiple agencies have been searching for the victims since then while friends and family members wait onshore. Crews have used watercraft with sonar imaging, a Department of Natural Resources aircraft and a large drone to search for the victims.

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