UPDATED 1 p.m. Aug. 15 - Authorities have released the name of the man who drowned when the sandbar gave way while fishing on the Wisconsin River Saturday.
The person who died was Sherik Shah, 28, Saginaw Mich., originally from India.
ORIGINAL POST - Grant County has observed its second drowning in as many weeks when a man was swept away after the sandbar gave way outside of Woodman.
Things could have been worse, however, as one of the initial people responding to calls from the victim very nearly got swept away as well.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Woodman Boat Landing for a report of a drowning. Witnesses stated a male was on a sand bar kneeling in the water and the sand bar gave way. The male did not know how to swim and was calling out for help. His friend heard the yell for help and entered the water and attempted to save him.
A female kayaker saw the friend struggling in the water and she was able to get the friend aboard her kayak. She saw the male go under water and be swept away by the current.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office along with Boscobel Fire Department, Boscobel EMS, Boscobel Police Department, Wyalusing State Park Ranger, Wisconsin DNR, Mount Hope Fire Department, Prairie Du Chien Fire Department, Glen Haven Fire Department, Wauzeka Fire Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Blue River Fire Department, Bagley Fire Department, Lancaster Fire Department, Grant County Emergency Management, Grant County Technical Rescue, Cassville Fire Department, Woodman First Responders, and the Lafayette County Dive Team all assisted at the scene.
The male was found at approximately 8 p.m. and was pronounced dead by the Grant County Coroner. No names are being released until the family has been notified.
Grant County Chief Deputy Jack R. Johnson, who released the information on the drowning, thanked all the assisting agencies for the quick response and hard work.