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UPDATE: Hoisington Man Drowns in Wilson Lake

DrowningThe identity of the man who went missing and drowned in Wilson Lake Saturday evening has been released.

According to Russell County Sheriff John Fletcher, 38-year-old George R. Willenberg of Hoisington went missing on the evening of July 6, 2013 at approximately 8:43 PM in the Rock Town area of Lake Wilson.

The Sheriffs Office along with officers from Wildlife and Parks, Corps of Engineers, Russell City Fire Department, Lucas Fire Department and Russell County Emergency Management responded.

It was determined Willenberg had tried to swim across the coves in Rock Town after the boat he was on had mechanical problems. The two people remaining with the boat advised they saw him swimming and then did not see his head come up again.

A search of the ground area around the cove was done using ATV's. At approximately 12:36 AM the search was suspended until daylight.

At 6 AM on July 7, 2013 the search continued on land and water. At 7:46 AM the command post was advised that the boats searching the water had a positive response from side scan sonar where the last place the missing person was seen. Bill Hickert, a professional diver from Russell, assisted and located the body at 9:24 AM.

The body was removed and the Russell County Assisted Coroner was contacted. The body was released to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the drowning.

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