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Wis. FF injured in hovercraft crash released from hospital

Beaver Dam firefighters were injured while training on Beaver Dam Lake

By Terri Pederson

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — A Beaver Dam firefighter who was seriously injured on Monday in a hovercraft crash on Beaver Dam Lake has returned home after spending two days being treated at Aurora Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc.

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Beaver Dam Fire Chief Michael Wesle said in a statement Thursday morning there is no timeline for the firefighter’s return to duty.

Two other firefighters who were injured were treated and released early Tuesday morning from the Marshfield Medical Center — Beaver Dam emergency department. They will require additional treatment before returning to duty, Wesle said.

The names of the injured firefighters had not been released.

The Fire Department’s hovercraft crashed into Grape Island on Beaver Dam Lake Monday at 7:42 p.m. during an ice rescue training exercise.

The hovercraft was damaged in the crash. It is part of the department’s ice and water rescue equipment. Responders can travel in it on land, water, mud, ice and other surfaces. It is the second hovercraft the Beaver Dam Fire Department has had and it was purchased about 2018.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is leading an investigation and will provide additional information about the crash. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Beaver Dam Police Department are assisting the DNR in the investigation.

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