NEW INFORMATION: Name released of man who fell into Chippewa River

DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU)--We now know the name of the man who died after accidentally falling into the Chippewa River.

Sheriff Dennis Smith identified the man as 60-year-old Richard A. Boettcher of rural Mondovi. Smith says Boettcher was with one of his sons and another person near the river Monday night when he fell.

His son told deputies he believed his father would be fine and right behind them. The son says when they got to their car and he wasn't behind them, they went looking for him and found him underwater.

The sheriff says no foul play is suspected.

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DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A 59-year-old man is dead after accidentally falling into the Chippewa River Monday night.

It happened in Caryville, about eight miles southeast of Menomonie.

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says the father was with one of his sons and another person near the river. He says as the three were getting up to go, the father fell down.

Smith says the son told deputies that he believed they were far enough from the river that his father would be fine and right behind them. The son says when they got to their car and he was not behind them, they went looking for him and found him underwater.

The sheriff says they called 911 and performed CPR on the man until crews arrived, but the man did not survive.

The name of the man is not being released at this time. Smith says right now the river is dangerous, no matter what you are doing.

"The undercurrents, whirlpools and stuff," he said. "It's just extremely dangerous. I grew up south of Menomonie and we were in the Red Cedar River all the time. But when it came to the Chippewa River, we never went swimming there. We weren't allowed to and didn't want to after seeing some of the stuff that's happened there."

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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To: News Media for immediate release June 24, 2013

NEWS RELEASE

Today, June 24, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. the Dunn County E-911 Center received a call from a male subject saying that his father had fallen into the Chippewa River and that they had him pulled partway out of the river at that location. He advised that they were at the north end of 750th Street north of CTY O in the Town of Peru, in southern Dunn County. The called also advised that he was trying to do CPR on his father.

Deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Fire and Rescue, Rock Falls Fire Department and Mayo One were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived they found a 59 year old male on the river bank and began doing CPR in an attempt to revive the victim.

When they were not able to revive the victim, the Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene.

Initially, it was thought the man was fishing, but it was his son that was fishing and not the victim. He had been sitting at the top of the river bank and fell down as they were getting up to leave. They apparently felt his was far enough from the river and that he was getting up and would be right behind them. When he did not make it to the car, they looked for him and observed him in the water, pulled him out and began their attempt to revive him.

The name of the victim is not being released at this so that family members can be notified.

No other information is available at this time. I intend to release the name of the victim on Tuesday, June 25th at or about 3:00 p.m.

Sheriff Dennis Smith
Dunn County Sheriff’s Office

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(WEAU) - The condition of a man is unknown after he was found in the Chippewa River. It happened in the Town of Peru, about 8 miles southeast of Menomonie.

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith tells us the father was with one of his son’s and another person near the river. He says the dad was fishing by himself. Smith says the son said they hadn't seen him in a bit, and when they went to check on him, they found him underwater.

The sheriff says they called 911 and performed CPR on the father until rescue crews arrived.

Smith says the man's condition is unknown.

We'll have more information here on WEAU.com as it becomes available.


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