June 7, 2021 Re: Press Release MERCER LAKE DROWNING, MINOCQUA, WI
On 06/06/2021 at approximately 8:32PM, the Minocqua Police Department responded to a possible drowning on Mercer Lake in Minocqua, WI. At this time, Maxwell Pipp (18), of Ixonia, WI, was swimming with friends in Mercer Lake and was seen going underwater and not emerging. Based upon statements taken from witnesses, Pipp had been on a pontoon boat with friends on Mercer Lake and decided that he wanted to go swimming in the lake. While swimming in the lake, Pipp had held onto a rope that was attached to a pontoon boat and was being towed around Mercer Lake. Pipp was seen going under water and after not emerging for several minutes, 911 was contacted. Statements from the witnesses confirm Pipp was not wearing a personal flotation device while being towed around and swimming in the lake. This incident in still under investigation and additional details of the incident are not being released at this time.
The Minocqua Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the following agencies: Woodruff Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Minocqua Fire Department, EMS (Medic 5), Oneida County Dive Team, Newbold Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County Dive Team, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Contact Person: David J Jaeger, Chief of Police