Posted Friday, August 30, 2013 --- 3:50 p.m.
UW Police say a missing swimmer was found late Thursday night after returning to a Lake Mendota pier.
An officer found a pile of clothes on Alumni Pier around 11:30 p.m.
Witnesses said a man had jumped into the lake around 30 or 40 minutes beforehand, with intentions of swimming across the lake. The swimmer hadn't been seen since.
Madison Fire's water rescue team responded, but shortly afterwards the man swam back to the pier.
He told authorities he decided it was a bad idea to swim across the lake.
The 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for what was likely hypothermia.
The UW-Madison Police Department reminds students and visitors that lake conditions can be extremely dangerous – especially at night, and in areas not designated for swimming. They want people to remember:
- Never swim alone or after drinking alcohol.
- Never swim at night. Rescue efforts can be difficult or impossible.
- Only use designated swimming areas, during designated hours. Memorial Union has lifeguards staffed on the lakefront until dusk – they’re specially trained and have rescue equipment available to them, if needed.
- Lake conditions can change quickly – weeds, algae, debris, and other underwater hazards can be dangerous, if not deadly.
- Know who to call in case of an emergency – call 911 for the fastest and best response.