Man drowns while canoeing with a friend

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

Deputies say one man is dead after drowning Saturday afternoon.

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department says 36-year-old Terry Jones of La Crosse and a friend, 50-year-old, Gary Willis were canoeing near Goose Island Park around 5:30 p.m.

Deputies say the men stopped at a sand bar and Jones got out to swim. Shortly after going into the water he began to struggle and called out for help. Willis was unable to reach him in time and went back to call for help.

Deputies say the water in the area was about 10 feet deep with a strong current. Jones' body was recovered shortly before 8 p.m. by the La Crosse Dive Unit.

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