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Glen Loch Drowning in Chippewa Falls--Names Released

Post Date:12/28/2015 1:38 PM


The following are the names of the individuals involved in the drowning yesterday, William A Ruf, age 76 of 1327 Broadway Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI and Brandon K Rogers, age 33 of 19249 St. Bloomer, WI.

The Sheriff’s Department rec’d the call for assistance at around 2:39pm, with the caller indicating that he heard calls for help on the ice, on the Glen Loch waters.  The caller indicated that they believed there were two people that had fallen through the ice. Numerous emergency agencies responded and the two were removed from the water and transported to area hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing and at this time it is believed that both were ice fishing separately and that Brandon Rogers was the first to fall into the water and screamed for help.  Apparently William Ruf then came to his assistance and also fell into the water. Ice fishing equipment was retrieved that belonged to both victims, supporting the suspicion that both were fishing.

With the mild weather this winter, the ice on our lakes is certainly uncertain unpredictable, in event you are going to venture out here are a few safety tips. Always notify significant others when and where you are going and when you anticipate returning home, if possible do not fish alone, take along safety equipment, inflatable life vest, ice picks, cell phone, a rope. Continue to check the thickness of ice when moving, when in doubt stay of the ice!!!!!

Sheriff James L Kowalczyk       


Date and Time of Event: 12/27/15 2:39 pm

Type of Event: Drowning

Location of Event: Township of Eagle Point Chippewa County

Persons Involved:  Two Adult Males, a 33 year old subject from Bloomer, WI and a 76 year old subject from Chippewa Fall, WI.

Agencies Involved: Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Point fire department, Eagle Point first responders, Chippewa Falls Fire Department, Chippewa Falls Medic units, Mayo One Helicopter, Chippewa Fire District Dive Team

Details of Event: On Sunday December 27, 2015 at 2:39 PM The Chippewa County Sheriff’s office received a report of two subjects that had fallen through the ice on the Glen Loch Flowage in the township of Eagle Point just north of the City of Chippewa Falls.  First responders from the agencies listed above responded and removed two adult males from the water.  One subject was fully submerged and trapped under the ice.  A second subject was partially in the water.  CPR was initiated and both subjects were transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals.  Both subjects were pronounced deceased at the hospital. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.  The Chippewa County Sheriff’s office reminds everyone to be cautious on area waters due to unseasonably warm weather.

Authority:      Sheriff  James L. Kowalczyk

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