Unaccountably strange drowning at BigFoot Beach.
On the heels of Father’s Day, Thursday, June 14th at about 1 p.m., Lake Geneva officers were dispatched to Bigfoot Beach for a reported drowning. Witnesses at the scene stated that the victim was struggling in about six feet of water about 100 feet offshore until he went under before anyone could reach him. Multiple agencies, including police, fire, and SCUBA dive teams responded to the call. The victim was located in about eight feet of water almost an hour later. Lifesaving efforts were started but unfortunately were unsuccessful. The victim was identified as 53-year-old Santos Gonzalez from Lake Geneva. Witnesses stated that Gonzalez had been riding his bike, and as he neared the beach area, he got off his bike and went for a swim. His family gave statements stating that Santos was very physically active, in shape, and a good swimmer.
An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was listed as drowning. No foul play is supposedly suspected, and toxicology results are still pending. What happened? Well, that question will probably never be answered. This is a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong in the water. Never swim alone, and always stay in the designated swimming area. But this file is a long way from being closed. The GSR will stay on top of the mystery created by a man in middle age, great health and in top physical condition unaccountably drowning for no seemingly good or explainable reason at all.
Update On Drowning
The 50th annual pork chop cookout. This year’s 50th annual Walworth County Pork Chop Cookout is to be held on Wednesday, June 20th at the Walworth County Fair Grounds in the activity center from 4 p.m. thru 7 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $11, while tickets purchased at the door are $12. The menu will include two pork chops, cooked on a massive charcoal grill, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, rye bread, beverage, and ice cream. There will be an additional cost for desserts from the fair scholarship committee.
The annual pork chop event has been bringing the surrounding communities together for fifty years, rain or shine. Looks like rain this year, but don’t let that stop you, it is held in the activity center with room for everyone inside. Proceeds from this year’s event will continue to go for the renovation of the fair buildings. If you haven’t been to the Walworth County Pork Chop Cookout in the past fifty years then maybe it’s time to go. Stop in, make a donation, and enjoy a wonderful pork chop dinner where they get it right every time.