La Crosse man drowns in Waushara County lake

WAUTOMA, Wis. - A 78-year-old La Crosse man has died after drowning in Bughs Lake in Waushara County.

A woman called Waushara County deputies around 3 p.m. Tuesday and said her husband, James Michaels, fell off a boat and into the lake.

His wife told authorities she tried to swim out and rescue him. She was unable to bring him out of the water.

After an extensive search, conducted by multiple departments, the man's body was recovered around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The recovery effort was hampered by heavy weeds and murky water conditions.

 

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