A man is in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after a swimming accident Saturday afternoon at Quarry Lake Park.

The name of the 23-year-old man has not been released pending notification of his family members, according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

At 4:36 p.m. someone called 911 for a report of a man in the water screaming for help. The caller told dispatchers at the Racine County Communications Center that “they thought the male may have been stuck on something under the water.” Then the man went under water.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Racine Police Department and the Racine Fire Department responded to the scene.

A good Samaritan went into the water and pulled the man to safety. He then performed CPR on the man along with an officer from the City of Racine Police Department. The man was taken to the emergency room at Ascension All Saints Hospital, but then taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital.

“The good Samaritan was also transported to the hospital, as during the rescue of the male, he was snagged buy an approximately four-inch fishing lure with treble hooks on either side that dug into the good Samaritan’s arm that had to be medically removed from his arm. It appears that the fishing lure and line may have been what the patient was caught up in, in the water,” the press release reads.


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