UPDATE: Name released of man who drowned in Menominee River Sunday

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 4:01 PM EDT
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UPDATE: July 15, 3:09 p.m.

The man who drowned in the Menominee River Sunday has been identified by law enforcement.

Around 11:12 a.m. July 14, rescue personnel were dispatched to Sturgeon Bend Campground in Faithorn Township.

The Menominee County Sheriff's Office said 41-year-old Bryan Douglas Bidwell, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, drowned while attempting to load a fishing boat onto a trailer at a boat landing along the river. According to the report, while doing this, the boat broke loose and was taken away from the landing by the current. Bidwell was attempting to swim the boat back when he disappeared underwater.

Bidwell's body was recovered 75 yards downstream by a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officer and a Marinette County Deputy while utilizing a DNR boat. He was about 40 feet from the shore in 8 feet of water, officers said.

The Menominee County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Faithorn Township Fire and Rescue, Nadeau Township Fire, Mellen Township Fire, a drone from Daggett Township Fire, Hermansville Rescue Squad, Marinette County Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin DNR, Menominee County Water Rescue, Menominee County Emergency Services, and Menominee County Sheriff's Office.


ORIGINAL STORY: July 41, 4:01 p.m.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Menominee River Sunday for a drowning.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, around 11:30 a.m. a man drowned in the Menominee River near County Road G-18, just south of Faithorn.

Faithorn Fire Department, Nadeau Fire Department, Mellon Fire Department, Wisconsin DNR, Marinette County Sheriff's Department and Hermansville 121 Rescue and Extrication were also on the scene.

This is all the information we have at this time. TV6 and FOXUP will provide updates as they become available.