By Tim Kowols
Almost a week after a Kewaunee angler went missing in Lake Michigan, the focus of the mission has changed into one of recovery. Mark Wautelet, 38, went missing on July 4 after leaving Kewaunee Harbor to go fishing. Rescue operations continued for over 20 hours and 425 square miles before the search was suspended on July 6. According to a release from the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department, search efforts will now be based on recovering Wautelet by using sonar scanning equipment when conditions allow. In addition to the United States Coast Guard, County Rescue of Brown County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department is asking boaters to report any suspicious objects they may observe in Lake Michigan, including Wautelet’s clothing.
FULL RELEASE FROM KEWAUNEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Incident: 18-05051 Media Release #3
(Kewaunee, WI) On July 4th, 2018 at 10:49 pm, the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department received a call for a missing boater who had gone fishing out of Kewaunee Harbor.
The Operator of the boat in this incident has been identified as Mark A. Wautelet age 38 of Kewaunee.
Assisting in the search has been resources from the United States Coast Guard, County Rescue of Brown County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
While initial efforts focused on rescue operations, those operations have since been concluded with the focus transitioning to sub-surface recovery operations. Currently the Department of Natural Resources will continue to conduct sub-surface sonar scanning when conditions allow and resources are available.
The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department is asking that boaters be aware and report any suspicious objects they may observe while out on the waters of Lake Michigan. The boater in this incident was wearing a lime green shirt with blue denim jeans along with a red and white Wisconsin Badgers base ball cap and brown crocs footwear.
We appreciate all of the support and resources we have received thus far as well as those in the future to help bring closure to the victim’s family in this tragic incident.