By Shereen Siewert

Crews in Lincoln County performed a dramatic rescue Sunday after a man capsized his canoe on the Wisconsin River.

The 34-year-old Tomahawk man called 911 at 8:25 a.m. Sunday and reported he was pinned in his canoe north of Menard Island, a stretch of the Wisconsin River north of County Rd A east of Tomahawk.

Using GPS technology, workers located the canoe, according to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department news release. Efforts to rescue the man were complicated due to shallow water that forced crews to abandon their boats and walk to the patient’s location, over five miles upstream from the nearest landing point. A dispatcher kept the man online for over an hour until responders were able to reach him.  

After crew arrived they spent 20 minutes freeing the man, then floated him back down the river to a boat that transported him to a waiting ambulance.

The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered life threatening.

The man’s dog remained on top of the canoe until rescue workers arrived, police said. The dog was not injured and was taken to safety.