Body of Dubuque man pulled from Mississippi River in Southern Wisconsin

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The body of a Dubuque man was pulled from the Mississippi River north of the Quad Cities.

On Friday, August 8, 2014 the Grant County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office said 53-year-old Jerry Thill had been camping on an island north of Dubuque with four other men, according to a report by KCRG.

Around 4:30 p.m. Thill went into the river and ended up in water up to his chest. Reports indicate that he had gone to check on why the fishing was bad. Once he got in too deep he was unable to get out and couldn’t swim.

KCRG reported that a 23-year-old man attempted to rescue him but was unable to keep a grip on him. Thill went underwater and did not come back up.

Roughly one hour later Thill’s body was recovered. The Grant County Coroner’s Office pronounced Thill dead once he was brought in to shore in Potosi, Wisconsin, according to the report.

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