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Illinois man, 69, drowns in Vilas County lake

LAND O’ LAKES (WAOW) – An Illinois man accidentally drown in a Vilas County lake, the sheriff’s department said Thursday.

William De Wees, 69, was found floating face down in Little Portage Lake early Wednesday afternoon, Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt said.

Authorities believe De Wees was working on his dock at his cabin near Land O’ Lakes when he suffered some kind of heart problem and fell into the lake, Schmidt said in a statement.

An autopsy determined De Wees died of “drowning as a result of a cardiac episode,” Schmidt said.

Robert Imrie

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