UPDATE — Dive team members recovered a second body Thursday.


UPDATE — The sheriff’s office dive team on Wednesday recovered the body of an adult man matching the description of one of the victims. He was located in the region of the lake rescuers were focusing their search, based on the GPS coordinates obtained from the cellular 911 calls.

The medical examiner is now working on a positive identification.

The search for the second victim continues.


FOND DU LAC — The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two men that authorities are searching for after their canoe capsized Monday on Lake Winnebago.

Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde, both 21, from Fond du Lac are still missing and authorities are now calling it a recovery effort.

Authorities say one of the two men called 911 about 8:30 p.m. Monday from their canoe on Lake Winnebago north of Fond du Lac.

At the time of the call, both men were still in the canoe, however shortly after placing the 911 call they were thrown from the canoe in high winds and fell into the water. Neither victim was wearing a personal flotation device, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cellular 911 communications with the caller in the water were maintained for several more minutes before the call disconnected.

An extensive recovery effort resumed early this morning. Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt said they have recovered the canoe and some personal items, but have not found missing paddlers.

The sheriff’s office and Wisconsin DNR used watercraft equipped with side-scan and down-scan sonar imaging, as well as a DNR airplane and a large drone.

Neither victim has been located as of about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wind conditions hampered the search, with sustained winds in excess of 20 m.p.h. gusting to 35 m.p.h., slowing the search process.

A continued search with additional watercraft and technology is planned for tomorrow.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.