KEWAUNEE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Green Bay man was found dead in the water in Kewaunee Harbor Monday morning.
Police believe 43-year-old Robert Umentum III was fishing on a pier when he fell into the water in the middle of the night.
Rescue crews responded to the harbor area at about 3 a.m. after a woman living along Kewaunee’s lakeshore reported hearing someone yell out for help.
Divers and search crews spent the morning searching Lake Michigan. At first they found fishing tackle and personal items in the water.
The Door County dive team found Umentum’s body near the pier at 10:40 a.m., according to Kewaunee Police Chief Frank Salentine.
The search involved the Coast Guard, Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office, Kewaunee Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Door County dive team. Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Yaw of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City says a helicopter from Traverse City and boat crews from Station Two Rivers responded to the harbor.
Police say Umentum was an avid fisherman and was about half way down this pier when he fell into the water. He was found with a fishing rod.
Police are still investigating what caused Umentum to fall into the water.
“It’s very calm out there so we don’t know what happened to cause him to fall into the water,” Chief Salentine said.
“It’s kind of rare to have it happen any time of year actually. We don’t get a lot of people falling into the harbor,” he added.
Salentine did say it’s not unusual for someone to be fishing late at night.
“This time of year there’s not a lot of fishing going on along here, but there still are people who fish, so it’s not unusual to see them out here. So, it’s just one of those things that happen.”
He also said incidents like this can be avoided.
“Just be aware of your surroundings. I think in his case it was very dark out there, and the officers even commented that if they didn’t have their flashlights on it would have been hard for them to see,” Salentine said.
Police also advise you should do activities like this with a buddy.