Menominee River drowning victim was Green Bay man

FAITHORN TOWNSHIP — Authorities have released the name of the Green Bay, Wis., man who drowned Sunday while trying to retrieve a fishing boat from the Menominee River.

Bryan Bidwell, 41, was at the Sturgeon Bend Campground in Faithorn Township when the boat he was loading broke loose from the trailer and was taken by the river current. He was attempting to swim the boat back to the landing when he yelled out and disappeared under the water, according to a news release from Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks.

Responders were called at 11:12 a.m. to the campground. A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officer and a Marinette County deputy recovered Bidwell’s body about 1 p.m. roughly 75 yards downstream from the boat launch, 40 feet from shore and in 8 feet of water, according to the release.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Faithorn Township Fire and Rescue, Nadeau Township Fire, Mellen Township Fire, Daggett Township Fire, Hermansville Rescue Squad, Wisconsin DNR, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Menominee County Water Rescue and Emergency Services.

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