TOMAHAWK — The name of a 23-year-old man killed in a boating accident has been released.
The Lincoln County Recreation Deputy along with the DNR are continuing to investigate the fatal boating incident that occurred Saturday afternoon in the City of Tomahawk. The incident was reported to 911 at 2:30 p.m., according to a news release.
According to the Lincoln County Deputy’s report, a boat being operated by a 22 year old Tomahawk man was traveling west on the Wisconsin River when the engine failed as the boat passed under the North Fourth Street Bridge. As the disabled boat floated in the water it began drifting toward the north shore and the occupants feared it would impact a pier or the shoreline.
The victim, 23 year old Justin J.J. Kimmons of Irma, entered the water to prevent the boat from striking the dock. When the engine was restarted the victim was still in the water on the back side of the boat, police said. He was struck by the propeller, causing fatal injuries, police said.
He was brought to the north shore and met by paramedics from Tomahawk EMS. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by the Lincoln County Coroner.