Wonewoc Fire Department rescuers used a rowboat Apr. 1 to rescue a pilot whose airplane crashed in a swamp near the village.
Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson said in a press release that the pilot, 29-year-old Seth Pripps of Rockford, Ill., called the county’s communications center at 12:41 p.m. to say that though he was uninjured, he could not leave the single-engine Cessna because of the water level.
The Wonewoc Fire Department rescued Pripps with a rowboat.
Pripps told authorities he was flying from Park Falls in Price County in northern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Mo., when he landed at the Wonewoc airport to check the plane.
The aircraft developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff. Pripps crashed the plane into the swamp, located near Bottom Road.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are investigating the crash.