Body pulled from Sheboygan River identified

Several witnesses saw a man go into the river near Rotary Riverview Park Monday night
Sheboygan Fire Department shared this photo of a search for a person in the Sheboygan River....
Sheboygan Fire Department shared this photo of a search for a person in the Sheboygan River. The body of 25-year-old Lee Lor was pulled from the river Tuesday morning. May 16, 2023.(City of Sheboygan Fire Department)
Published: May. 15, 2023 at 11:07 PM CDT|Updated: May. 16, 2023 at 4:12 PM CDT
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UPDATE: SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WBAY) - A body pulled late Tuesday morning from the Sheboygan River has now been identified. The City of Sheboygan Fire Department said in a statement that the body was identified as Lee Lor, a 25-year old resident of Sheboygan. His body was turned over to the Sheboygan County Coroner.

The body was found before noon in the water off Rotary Riverview Park.

Our Action 2 News crew saw a couple of boats go into the water shortly before 10:30 Tuesday morning to resume the search that began Monday night. Chief Montellano said it was a search effort that coordinated a lot of teams:

”We’re assisted by the Sheboygan County dive team, they’ve come out. The Wisconsin DNR’s here, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department. We also had the assistance of the Coast Guard as well as our personnel from the City of Sheboygan police and City of Sheboygan Fire Department.”

Dispatchers received calls about a possible drowning near Rotary Riverview Park around 7:10 p.m. Monday.

The Sheboygan Fire Department and Sheboygan City/County Dive Team responded, and a rescue swimmer was sent into the river but couldn’t find anyone.

Crews on a sheriff’s office boat were able to find some areas of interest using sonar Monday night, but the dive team couldn’t find anyone in those areas.

The darkness and river conditions made the search difficult. After 90 minutes, the search was called off for the night and authorities said they were switching to a recovery mode.

“Safety for our guys is a consideration. At this point, visibility is low in the river. Our guys are down there searching by feel at this point,” Asst. Fire Chief Michael Lubbert said Monday night.

On Tuesday, City of Sheboygan Fire Department said in a statement their crew, aided by the Sheboygan County Dive Team, Sheboygan Police, Wisconsin DNR, US Coast Guard – Sheboygan, and the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department resumed recovery efforts earlier around 10:00 a.m. to search for the reported individual in the Sheboygan River.

The fire department said members from the Wisconsin DNR and Sheboygan County Sheriff’s began searching the river at the last seen point, utilizing various sonar devices. At approximately 10:45 a.m. the DNR’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) located the person roughly 12 feet below the surface. Sheboygan County Divers were sent in to recover the body identified as Lee Lor.

The Sheboygan Fire Department would like to remind everyone that water temperatures are still very cold, and the public should avoid going into the lakes or rivers at this time.

A caller reported a possible drowning. Divers searched areas of interest Monday night and will return Tuesday morning.