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UPDATE: La Crescent man's death ruled accident

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The death of a La Crescent man found in the river over the weekend is ruled an accident.

The La Crosse County Medical Examiner's office says that 61-year-old Lynn Johannes accidentally drowned Saturday afternoon.

Fire and rescue crews were called to the Bluff Slough area when a passerby saw an unoccupied boat on the water.

Johnannes' body was found later that afternoon. 

He was not wearing a life vest according to police.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: La Crosse Police identify the victim in a weekend incident on the river.

The man is identified as 61-year-old Frank Johannes of La Crescent.

He was found in the water Saturday afternoon after a passerby noticed an empty boat by Bluff Slough.

La Crosse Police Lt. Pat Hogan said that foul play is not suspected in Johannes' death.

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday according to Lt. Hogan.

He also said that Johannes was not wearing a life preserver.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A day on the water turned tragic as dive and rescue teams pulled a body from the water near the Gundersen Walking Trail Saturday.

La Crosse Police said rescue teams found a 61-year-old fisherman in Bluff Slough behind 1120 Maple St. in La Crosse.

The identity of the fisherman hasn't been released, but police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

They don't suspect any foul play.

The La Crosse Fire Department got the call around 1:15 p.m.

Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Murphy said a homeowner along the docking area saw an unattended fishing boat floating in the water.

The department ran the registration on the boat and contacted the boat owner at his home, Murphy confirmed.

When they received no response, crews searched the shore and began a water dragging operation with the La Crosse County Dive unit, Murphy said. The team used hooks and cameras to find the fisherman in the water.

Murphy said three rescue boats were in the water when they found the fisherman around 2:40 p.m. They were prepared to bring in more boats if needed.

The investigation has been turned over to La Crosse Police.

The La Crosse Fire and Police Departments, the La Crosse County Dive Unit, Tri-State Ambulance and DNR were at the scene.

Check back with www.wxow.com for more details as they become available.

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