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Man drowns in Galesville lake after trying to swim away from police



The body of a man has been recovered from a Trempealeau County lake, after he attempted to swim away from law enforcement and disappeared under water.

The county dispatcher received a call Tuesday morning about a suspicious man seen on Lake Court in Galesville.

Officers responding to the call found a man who appeared to be in a mental health crisis.

After the officers arrived, the man was seen entering the water of Lake Marinuka.

He swam toward the middle of the lake but then disappeared, as boats and water rescuers tried to find him.

A two-and-a-half hour search led to the discovery of the man’s body at the lake bottom.

Investigators are not releasing his name.

The Wisconsin DNR and agencies from La Crosse and Winona counties assisted in trying to find him.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. JaneDoe

    November 24, 2023 at 6:09 am

    I believe this is my coworker. Very very sad. I wish there was an afterlife, for him. Rest in peace brother.

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