THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Green Bay Man Drowns After Falling From Raft
Issue Date: July 11, 2019
After searching nearly two hours on the evening of Saturday, July 6, divers recovered the body of Nathaniel J. Prenot, 37, who had drowned after falling from a raft into Anderson Lake about six miles south of Mountain in the Oconto County Town of Breed.
Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban said the Oconto County Emergency Dispatch Center received a call at 6:26 p.m. on Saturday reporting that a man had fallen off a raft into the water and did not resurface.
A search team of sheriff's deputies, wardens, divers and first responders deployed to search the area recovered Prenot's body at about 8:17 p.m., Skarban said.
Agencies that assisted included the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Brazeau Dive Team, Shawano County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Suring Fire Department, Mountain Fire Department, Gillett Area Ambulance, and the Brown County Medical Examiner's Office.
Prenot reportedly had been sitting on a small anchored swim raft with other people. Some of the raft occupants began moving to another side and the raft titled, causing Prenot to fall backward into the water, Skarban told reporters.
Others in the group reportedly tried to grab Prenot but couldn't reach him, and they promptly called 911. Skarban had been told Prenot was a weak swimmer or did not know how to swim, and was not wearing a personal flotation device. Alcohol use also may have been factor in the incident. A news release issued on Saturday said investigation by the Oconto County Sheriff's Office and the Brown County Medical Examiner's Office was continuing.