WIND LAKE — The body of a 77-year-old man was recovered Thursday morning in Wind Lake.
Authorities believe Gerald M. Felician, a Wind Lake resident, drowned. He was not wearing a life jacket, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.
His body was located at approximately 9:46 a.m., according to a news release.
It was found at the center of the area marked off for the search, Wind Lake Fire Chief Rob Robins said.
The family was contacted as soon as he was located, Robins said.
“It’s tragic enough for the family and you try to do what you can for them and try to get closure as soon as possible,” Robins said.
Fire and rescue teams from across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois were called to western Racine County on Wednesday night to help retrieve the body of Felician.
According to Robins, crews were dispatched to the lake just after 5 p.m. Wednesday after callers made contact with a woman who said her husband had gone after their sinking boat and never resurfaced.
She stood on a sandbar for more than 45 minutes shouting before someone heard her, Robins said.
Search and rescue efforts switched to search and recovery efforts at about 7 p.m., Robins later said.
Racine County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Sikora said the Racine County Dive Team was out until 1 or 2 a.m. and returned to the search later Thursday morning. Teams were out throughout the night searching the area, he believed.
In addition to crews from the Wind Lake Fire Department, Racine County Dive Team, Racine Fire Bells, and Kansasville Fire and Rescue, departments from across the region also responded, including teams from Walworth, Waukesha and Kenosha counties and sonar and tech teams from departments in the Chicago area. At 9 p.m. Wednesday, Robins estimated there were 60 to 75 people on scene assisting with the search efforts.
The family declined to talk to the media.
The investigation into the drowning is ongoing.