Kohler Man Takes Ill-advised Swim in Chilly River

Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2012 --- 1:52p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Kohler man who followed up a night of drinking with a dip in a chilly river is recovering from symptoms of hypothermia.

Sheboygan police Sgt. Terry Meyer says the 27-year-old had been at a bar with friends but left alone about 1:30 a.m. Friday. The friends thought he was going home until they heard yelling.

Meyer says the man instead decided to go swimming in the Sheboygan River. He began struggling and yelling for help, and a passer-by threw him a life ring and called 911.

The man was treated for hypothermia at a hospital.

Meyer tells The Sheboygan Press (http://shebpr.es/ItNONZ ) the case is not criminal.

The man's fate could have been worse. Since 1997, 10 heavily intoxicated college-age men have died in La Crosse rivers.

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Information from: The Sheboygan Press, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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