There was another drowning in Burnett County last week, and once again it occurred on Lower Clam Lake, east of Siren in the Town of Meenon. 

According to Burnett County Sheriff Tracy Finch, they were notified on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at approximately 6:21 p.m. when county dispatchers received a 911 call of a male who had fallen in the water from a pontoon boat and could not be located on Lower Clam Lake. 

Burnett County Deputies and a Siren Police officer responded. According to Sheriff Finch, a BCSO deputy and the Siren officer used a resident’s pontoon boat to go onto the lake to search for the missing man. At the same time, a BCSO deputy launched the county drone to search from the air. 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Webster Fire and Jackson Fire Departments also responded on the scene, as did North Ambulance.

While it is unclear how long the search lasted, the BCSO deputy operating the drone located the missing male in the water, southeast of where he had fallen from the pontoon boat. The male was brought to shore where he was tended to by emergency responders from North Ambulance.  

In spite of their efforts, the man was pronounced dead on the scene. He was later identified as Michael McNamara, 72, of Webster.  

This case is under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Services for Mr. McNamara were not available at press time.

“The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Siren Police Department, Wisconsin DNR, Webster Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department and North Ambulance for their assistance with this incident,” stated Sheriff Tracy Finch.

- With information from the BCSO