Drowning - Whitewater Lake
By Assistant Chief Joe Uselding
May 25, 2018

(Updated 5-28-18 12:00PM)
At approximately 5:30PM, the Whitewater Fire Dept was notified of a possible drowning on
Whitewater Lake. Crews arriving on scene were advised of 2 subjects attempting to retrieve a
personal water craft from the lake. During the attempt to recover the craft, a young adult male,
not wearing a life vest, experienced distress and went under the water.

Crews searched the water for over 3 hours, locating the drowning victim just after dark. The
death investigation is being led by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Dept.

(Updated 5-28-18 12:00PM)
We now know the identity of the victim in Friday’s drowning accident. Courtland Cornelius, age
19 of Palatine IL was pronounced dead at the scene after being removed late Friday (May 25th)
evening from Whitewater Lake.

Questions may be directed to the Whitewater Fire Dept at info@whitewaterfire.org.

Fire Dept NFIRS Call# 18-0000130

Units: 1271, 1221, 1220, 1282, 1270
Mutual Aid: The following Fire Dept’s assisted in the recovery: City of Delavan, Fontana, Lake Geneva, Linn, Lauderdale La Grange, Town of Delavan, Elkhorn, Darien, Sharon, Williams Bay, Walworth and Lyons. Mercy Walworth MD-1 also assisted at the scene.
Hyperlinks: TMJ4
Attachment Press Release Whitewater Lake Drowning - 5-26-18-2.pdf  (87k)
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