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LANCASTER,
Wis. – Grant County rescue crews recovered the body of a man who drowned in the
Mississippi River Friday evening.



The
sheriff’s office got a call about a possible drowning just after 4:38 p.m.
Friday.  A group of five men from Dubuque
had been camping north of Potosi, across from Finley’s Landing Park on the
Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River.



To
see why the fishing was so bad, deputies said 53-year-old Jerry Thill got up to
his chest in the water.  His friends
thought he seemed fine until he suddenly appeared distressed and unable to
swim.  A 23-year-old companion swam to
him to help, but was not able to get a hold of him.  Thill disappeared under the water, and another
friend dialed 911.



A
pair of wardens searched by boat shortly after the call was received.  Several fire departments also responded.



The
boat from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was able to scan the river
and locate Thill’s body after an hour of searching.  He was recovered from the water and
pronounced dead.

Drowning victim was suddenly unable to swim, deputies say

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