NEENAH — A kayaker who fell into Lake Winnebago’s frigid waters Thursday afternoon was picked up by a rescue boat and taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
Kevin Kloehn of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue said the man launched his boat at the end of E. Wisconsin Avenue and was about a mile offshore when he fell into the water due to high waves created by strong winds on the lake.
The man was in the 55-degree water for about 25 minutes before he dialed 911 on a dying cell phone around 1:50 p.m., Kloehn said. Rescue crews tracked the man’s position using the GPS on his phone.
Hyperthermia was starting to set in by the time crews reached his location, he said.
Kloehn did not know how the man’s phone was able to function in the water.