Man critical after nearly drowning in Root River

CREATED May 10, 2014 - UPDATED: May 11, 2014

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TOWN OF RAYMOND – Just before sundown Saturday, the Town of Raymond’s Fire Chief got a call about a possible drowning behind a home on Eight Mile Road. Before paramedics arrived, Racine County Sheriff's deputies were already on the scene and had pulled the victim from the Root River.

Flashing lights lined the roadway, about a quarter mile from 27th Street, just off I-94. Deputies attempted life saving measures, including the use of a defibrillator with no success. Paramedics rushed one person into an ambulance. Deputies have said it was a man in his 20’s from Milwaukee County.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported the victim was not from the residence that the 911 call came from. He had been fishing on the river and fell out of a boat. The incident appeared to be an accidental drowning. The victim’s name has not been released yet, pending an investigation.

Racine Sheriff Chris Schmaling and the Racine County Sheriff’s Office have said their thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.

UPDATE 12:33 AM: Sheriff Schmaling now says the victim has survived, but is in critical care at a nearby hospital. The Racine County Sheriff's Office will provide an update later Sunday morning.