GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

UPDATE: Two kayakers find missing boater’s body, man identified

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TUESDAY 06/15/2021 5:23 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- The sole missing boater from a Sunday night incident was found 19 hours later by two local kayakers.

According to officials, a search was conducted for most of the day using five boats, four of which had specialized sonar equipment. Around 4:00 p.m., two kayakers found the missing boater and contacted the authorities.

The body was able to be recovered and was identified as 28-year-old Jorge Bautista from Green Bay.

There was no further information available at this time, Local 5 will update this story as more details are released.

UPDATE: Rescue crews continue searching for missing person after boat capsized on Bay of Green Bay

MONDAY, 6/14/2021 11:40 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – We are learning more information regarding a boat that capsized in the Bay of Green Bay Sunday night.

According to several officials on the scene, the boat was launched from Bay Shore Park but turned up in the Vincent Point area Sunday night after getting caught in 8 to 10-foot waves. Residents in that area and people on the boat called 911.

Police officials say the first call came in at around 9:20 p.m.

“It took them quite a while to get from the Green Bay Metro boat launch all the way up here,” Lt. Scott Vande Voort of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office said. “They pulled the first victim out of the water around 11:20.”

Rescuers were able to pull six of the seven passengers on the vessel out of the water to safety, including a 5-year-old boy.

A seventh passenger has not yet been located.

Four crews including a helicopter from Traverse City came to assist in the search.

The search was called off at 1 a.m. Monday.

Crews resumed the recovery effort later Monday morning.

“What they’re using is, it’s called side scan sonar,” Lt. Vande Voort explained, “which scans the bottom for any abnormalities that would stick up off the bottom and then they can locate that.”

Crews are searching between Bay Shore Park and Vincent’s Point.

The boat was found in the Town of Scott public access point.

Of the 6 rescued, there were no injuries but some were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Original story: Boat capsizes in the bay, six people rescued but one still missing

MONDAY, 6/14/2021 5:20 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A boat carrying seven people capsized on the Bay of Green Bay Sunday night, six people were rescued from the water, but one is still missing.

According to authorities, on June 13 around 9:45 p.m., both the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported boat that capsized. Crews responded via water as well as arrived at the area of Grove Road in the Town of Scott.

Reports said there were up to seven people in the water, and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office rescued four of the boaters and the New Franken Fire Department was able to rescue two. There is one individual who is still missing.

A search for the missing individual continued until 1:00 a.m. Of the six people rescued, there were five adults and one child.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department wants to remind boaters to always wear a personal flotation device and to monitor the weather at all times.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says the weather was causing large waves and 30mph up to 48 mph winds.

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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