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Lac La Belle: Possible Drowning Investigated in Town of Oconomowoc


A man was swimming in Lac La Belle when he disappeared.

At 7:18 p.m. on July 21, 2022, the Waukesha County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a possible drowning on Lac La Belle in the Town of Oconomowoc, according to the Western Lakes Fire District.

The Western Lakes Fire District’s Fire, EMS and Dive teams were dispatched to the incident along with the Town of Oconomowoc Police, City of Oconomowoc Police, and Western Waukesha Dive Team.

“At this time we know a male was swimming in the water in the area north west of Islandale and south west of Buzzard Point on Lac La Belle,” the Fire District said in a statement.

The man is in his 30s and jumped off a pontoon boat.

“Mutual aid dive teams and boats were requested to assist from the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department, Wisconsin DNR, Chenequa Police, Mukwonago, Washington County, Dodge County, and Fort Atkinson. Units on scene utilized sonar, divers, submersible and aerial drones.”

Rescue efforts were suspended at 11 p.m. on the evening of July 21. “Resources will redeploy at 7 a.m. on Friday morning to continue searching. At this time the boat launch at City Beach in Oconomowoc is closed and will remain closed until further notice for the ongoing search and investigation. Areas of Lac La Belle will also be closed while crews continue search efforts,” the Fire District wrote.

“Our thoughts are with the family and community.” A concert at the beach has been cancelled for Friday night as a result.

Jessica McBride
Jessica's opinions on this website and all WRN and personal social media pages, including Facebook and X, represent her own opinions and not those of the institution where she works. Jessica McBride, a Wisconsin Right Now contributor, is a national award-winning journalist and journalism educator with more than 25 years in journalism. Jessica McBride’s journalism career started at the Waukesha Freeman newspaper in 1993, covering City Hall. She was an investigative, crime, and general assignment reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a decade. Since 2004, she has taught journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in many news outlets, including (where she is a contributor reaching millions of readers per month),, WTMJ, WISN, WUWM,,, Milwaukee Magazine, Nightline, El Conquistador Latino Newspaper, Japanese and German television, Channel 58, Reader’s Digest, Twist (magazine), Wisconsin Public Radio, BBC, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and others. 

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