Autopsy is scheduled Monday for a 25-year-old man who drowned in Man Made Lake over the weekend.
The body of Sharockie Kent, 25, was found just before 8p.m. Sunday night. Multiple law enforcement agencies helped in the search for him, including the Marathon County Dive Team.
Kent's friends say they were trying to swim across the lake together just before 4 p.m., when they say his head began to bob up and down. Police arrived ten minutes later, but with no lifeguard presence at the lake, the rescue effort already became a recovery mission. Hundreds of park visitors were cleared out and the dive team entered the water around 5 p.m.
Kent's family tells NewsChannel 7 he knew how to swim, but Bill Duncanson from the Marathon County Parks Department says sometimes people push themselves too far. "The drownings we experience here in Marathon County are based on people over extending themselves over their heads outside of the marked swimming areas."
Duncanson says because of the large number of waterways where the public can swim in the state, it wouldn't be feasible to have lifeguards at all of them.
The Marathon County Dive Team says they respond to around three drownings every summer. Kent's body was found about 50 yards beyond the designated buoy area. Duncanson says every drowning they’ve seen at Man Made has has happened outside that area.