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On August 8th, 2022 at around 8:48 a.m., the Ashland County Communications Center received a report of an unoccupied boat that had washed ashore.  Efforts to contact the owner of the boat were unsuccessful, and a search of the area began.

According to witness accounts, the boat had last been seen in the water on the afternoon of August 7th with a single occupant.

Responders searched the shoreline and off-shore area through August 11th, concentrating efforts on areas of interest near Second Landing.  That evening, around 8:00 p.m., the owner of the boat, John Stanslaski, 60, of Ashland, Wisconsin, was found deceased on the shore approximately 1/2 mile from where his boat was recovered.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest condolences to Stanslaski’s family for their tragic loss.

Search efforts were conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the United States Coast Guard, the National Parks Service, the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, Xcel Energy, Enbridge, Ashland County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Crossman Consulting, Sawyer County Search & Rescue, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the Ashland Police Department, and the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.

This incident remains under investigation by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ashland County coroner, though no foul play is suspected at this time.

Contributed By:  Ashland County Sheriff's Office

(This post was last modified: 08-13-2022, 02:45 AM by My Northern Wisconsin.)