Update: Women Identified in Tragic Boating Accident

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UPDATE
8/20/2018 10:35 a.m.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department has released the names of the two women who died in the boating accident on Lake Winnebago.

Lauren Laabs, 26-years-old, and Cassanda Laabs, 20-years-old, were both from the Neenah area.

Officials say autopsies are being performed this morning and further information will be released regarding the investigation as it develops.

8/19/2018 9:09 PM

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team along with the Wisconsin DNR resumed search efforts on Sunday, August 19 on Lake Winnebago in the Town of Vinland. 

Through the efforts of the search, officials were able to locate the two missing female boaters from the crash. Both were deceased. 

The names of the females are not being released at this time. 

The investigation by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office is in the preliminary states and remains ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY

8/18/2018 4:52 AM

Two women are missing after two boats collided on Lake Winnebago. It happened at 8:38 pm Saturday about a mile east of Payne’s Point.

Two people were aboard a 27-foot Crownline boat traveling north when it collided with a 20-foot Rinker Captiva. The second boat had four people on board. Two Neenah women, a 20 and 26-year-old, were ejected from the Captiva, as was a dog. The two other passengers on the Captiva were sent to the hospital with serious injuries.

Those aboard the Crownline were treated for their injuries on the shore.

As of 4:50 am Sunday, the two women remain unaccounted for.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team resumed rescue efforts around 8:30 Sunday morning.

The department wants to let people know they have closed public access to the Grundman Boat Landing Sunday to allow for our Dive operations to resume.

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