A Bayfield County sheriff’s deputy came to the rescue Tuesday, swimming to shore while pushing a boat with a distressed occupant on board.
The victim was treated at the scene and hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office reported.
According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, dispatchers were alerted after 1 p.m. that a man was in the water about 70 yards from shore off the south end of Perch Lake Campground in the Township of Drummond. The man was said to be conscious and floating but not wearing a personal flotation device.
Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Mika, the first emergency responder to arrive, put on a personal floatation device and swam to the victim. He found the victim lying in his boat, but that it was almost submerged. The victim told Mika he was weak, stiff and unable to move.
Mika pulled up the boat’s anchor and then pushed the boat to shore with his left hand while swimming with his right hand and legs.
The victim was treated by paramedics from Great Divide Ambulance and then taken to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.
The identity of the victim, who is from Grand View, Wis., was not released.