UPDATE (WKOW) — UW-Madison has issued a statement regarding the collision that killed a windsurfer Wednesday on Lake Mendota.
We are deeply saddened by this loss of life. UW-Madison strives for safety on Lake Mendota at all times, through all units that operate on the water.
The windsurfing craft had been checked out from the Hoofer Sailing Club at Memorial Union. The windsurfer’s name has not been released pending notification of his family.
The boat was a rescue launch from the UW Lifesaving Station that was returning from responding to a rescue call. The station, part of the UW Division of Facilities Planning and Management, provides a lake safety and rescue operation that serves boaters and swimmers of the UW campus and greater Madison community. The rescue service keeps close ties with the Hoofer Sailing Club and Outdoor UW, both located at the Memorial Union.
Outdoor UW and the Hoofer Sailing Club are closed today. Operations are expected to resume tomorrow.
If you are a UW-Madison student in need of counseling or crisis support as a result of this incident or any other situation, call University Health Services at 608-265-5600, or drop in between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need immediate assistance after hours or on weekends, please call the UHS Crisis Line at 608-265-5600, option 9, or visit the uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/.
If you are a faculty/staff member and would like to talk to someone about your reactions, call the Employee Assistance Office at 608-263-2987 or visit its website, www.eao.wisc.edu.
UPDATE (WKOW) — The Dane County Sheriff’s Office now says the windsurfer who died after a collision on Lake Mendota crashed into a University of Wisconsin Lifesaving boat that was returning to the UW Lifesaving Station from an unrelated call.
The sheriff’s office says the windsurfer, 43, was from Madison. He died at the scene of the crash.
The Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is back at the crash site today, working…