Update: Names released in fatal Saturday boating accident
DEWEY — The names of the victims have been released from an accident involving a capsized boat near the Lake DuBay Dam on Saturday.
According to a Sheriff’s release, at approximately 6:54 a.m. deputies received a report of a capsized boat, south of the Lake DuBay Dam. A witness reported two people seen in the water.
Units from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department, Stevens Point Police Department, Rudolph Fire, Dewey, Fire, and the DNR all responded to the scene. During the search, one victim was recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. This victim has been identified as 60-year-old James Glodowski, of Stevens Point.
The Marathon County Dive Team assisted in the search for a second victim and Glodowski’s fishing partner, identified as 56-year-old TImothy Coulthurst of Stevens Point, who is presumed drowned. Recovery teams searched all weekend, including crews with side scanning sonar, but the second man has not yet been located. Treacherous water conditions and worsening weather patterns have hampered operations and slowed the search efforts, according to Sheriff Mike Lukas.
Teams continue to comb the area as best they can, and are hopeful that Coulthurst can be found soon. Crews will be searching from the shores, on the water, and even using unmanned aerial vehicles to check from the air as conditions permit.
“Anyone on the Wisconsin River below the DuBay Dam is asked to remain vigilant, and notify authorities immediately should they discover anything unusual. Individuals are warned to stay well clear of the dam, as conditions are currently dangerous, and expected to worsen as heavy rains upstream are forcing large volumes of water through the Wisconsin River dam system.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to stress safe boating techniques, including the wearing of life vests, having properly working safety equipment, and taking a boating safety course.”