UPDATE (WKOW) — After nearly a full day, the body of a father of three was recovered from the Wisconsin River Sunday morning.
Sunday evening, the family identified the man as Kou Her. Her’s cousins say he lived in Madison all his life and was an instructor at Madison College.
In a statement, the family said they’re grateful for help from the community:
The family wishes to thank the community for all their prayers and support. In addition, the
family is forever grateful for the exemplary professionalism and rescue efforts from the Sauk
County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens, the Sauk
Prairie Ambulance, the Sauk County Fire Department, and the Prairie du Sac Fire Department.
Funeral arrangements are being made right now.
Her went missing on Saturday after his three kids wandered too far out into the river. He and his wife went in to rescue them. The mother and the kids made it back to shore, Her did not. The family was out on a fishing and swimming trip.
Chief Deputy Jeffery Spencer said when crews were searching, Alliant Energy lowered the flow in the dam as much as they could to help crews search the water better, but the flow was still very strong.
UPDATE (WKOW) — According to a Sauk County Sheriff’s office new release, this morning at about 7:27 a.m., “the Sauk County Communications Center received a report from boaters of finding a body in the Wisconsin River between Mazomanie and Arena, or about 10 miles downstream from the Prairie du Sac Dam.”
First responders located the body of the 53-year-old father who was last seen on Saturday while trying to rescue his children from the Wisconsin River below a Prairie du Sac Dam says the Sauk County Sheriff’s office new release.
The Sauk County Coroner’s Office said no foul play was suspected, and the man’s death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.
The identity of the deceased is still being withheld pending notification of the family.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Officials confirm that a body has been found, near the Prairie du Sac dam.
Officials are not releasing anymore information or the identity of the body that was recovered at this time.
More information to come this afternoon.
UPDATE (WKOW) — Shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday, crews suspended their search for the missing man after dive teams exhausted their air supplies during a search that lasted nearly 10 hours.
They’ll get back in the water around 9 a.m. Sunday to keep looking for him.
According to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, it started out as a family outing Saturday morning.
They were out fishing and swimming and the kids were wearing life jackets.
Chief Deputy Jeffery Spencer says that at 9:05 a.m. the three kids had wandered too far out into the river and their parents went to rescue them.
The mother and the kids made it back to shore, the father did not.
Spencer says it is a hard time for the family right now.
“As well as to be expected, they have a support system with family that responded and came to the scene as well as clergy so there’s a support system here for them.”
He says Alliant Energy lowered the flow as much as they could to help crews search the water better, but the flow was still very strong.
People nearby say it’s common to see people out in the area fishing, but they hadn’t heard of people swimming. With how strong the current is, even wading in the river isn’t recommended.
PRAIRIE DU SAC (WKOW) — A rescue mission is underway for a father of three who tried to save his children at a Prairie du Sac dam Saturday morning.
The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said there were five people who were struggling in the water on the Wisconsin River, including a man, a woman and three children around 9 a.m.
The children all had life jackets, but went too far into the water. The father and mother then went out reach them, according to the sheriff’s office.
The children and mother made it back to shore safely, however the father never resurfaced.
The Sauk City Fire Department, Prairie du Sac Fire Department, Sauk County Sheriff’s Office dive team and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens are currently on scene at the dam.
Alliant Energy is also on scene to provide access to the dam.