THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Camping Outing Ends In Tragedy
Issue Date: July 1, 2020
A two year-old boy lost his life by drowning on Saturday, June 27, according to a news release issued by the Oconto County Sheriff's office on Monday, June 29. Identify of the child has not been released. The news release states that at approximately 7:34 p.m. on Saturday Oconto County Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of a missing two year old male child in a wooded area near the Oconto River in the Town of Stiles.
Oconto County Sheriff's Deputies along with members from the Oconto Falls Fire and Rescue Department and the Oconto Falls Ambulance responded to the scene and began searching for the missing child.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., the child was located unconscious in the river where life saving measures began immediately. The child was transported by ambulance to St. Clare Memorial Hospital in where he passed away.
According to the news release, an ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Oconto County Sheriff's Office and the Brown County Medical Examiner's Office.
A report from another source identifies the victim as a 2-year-old Pound boy who had been among a group of people camping on private property near the Oconto River in the Town of Stiles.
The boy was noticed missing about 6:30 p.m. and the group searched for just over an hour before notifying the sheriff's office, according to an article that quotes Oconto Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Darren Laskowski.
Sheriff's Deputies and members of the Oconto Falls Fire and Rescue Department, a DNR warden and the Oconto Falls Ambulance responded and joined the search.
Three boaters found the unconscious boy at about 8:30 p.m. in the river about a mile and a quarter from the campsite in the 6000 block of Konitzer Road, according to the article.
The boaters began performing CPR and called the sheriff's office. They met up with first responders who took the boy to St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto, where he died. Identity of the victim and his family had not been released as of press time on Wednesday, July 1.
Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban expressed sympathy, declaring: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with the loss of a loved one."