MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Wisconsin man drowned Friday afternoon after his kayak capsized on the west side of Shell Lake, authorities said.

John D. Frisco, 56, of Clear Lake, Wis., called 911 while his kayak was sinking around 1 p.m. Firefighters and DNR wardens attempted to rescue Frisco, but he was too far off in the deep water to be saved.

Washburn County Sheriff Terry C. Dryden said Frisco was apparently fishing over the fish cribs just outside the lake’s sand bar when his kayak capsized.

Divers located Frisco, and the Washburn County Deputy Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

The investigation has been turned over to the Wisconsin DNR, Dryden said.

Comments (9)
  1. ke;;y says:

    wow jake your a real nice guy. John was very loved by many. I wonder if you are?

    1. Jake says:

      I am by those who know me well. Obviously you don’t.

  2. rml says:

    Wow, I’m just really shocked at how rude a few people on here are (@Jake and Saw It Coming). A man lost his life, a family is grieving over his loss. What makes you two so much better than anyone else? It could just as easily be either of you in a similar situation doing something that you enjoy. What is that they say about Karma?

  3. Fred. says:

    John will be greatly missed. Having worked with him the past few years, John was one of the most caring individuals I have had the pleasure to work with. Even though there are some here who criticize him, John would have been one of the first people to help those that are criticizing him here. May you rest in peace John.

  4. Gordon Hanson says:

    Yes I agree there are a lot of snide and rude comments about what is really just a sad story. That’s a problem with these message boards. They give insecure people a platform to rant and throw insults. I really do wish they would require a real first and last name by commenters. People might not feel so at ease at submitting crude remarks and insults on topics that do not deserve such comments..

    1. jackactionhero says:

      At the age of 56? What is that supposed to mean? Should he have been sitting by a fireplace in his wheelchair knitting instead?

      The air temperature was not going from 50 to -10. That wasn’t the situation. You haven’t made a valid point yet, and would do well to listen to the following bit of advice: If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is stop digging.

  5. Jake says:

    The only thing sad about this is that a supposedly mature man risked his life unnecessarily (and the lives of rescuers as well) by kayaking ALONE in waters near FREEZING, expecting the best possible outcome. I can’t think of a more SELFISH situation to occur. It would be like me trying to ride my Harley in a BLIZZARD in January, and getting KILLED, because my bike lost traction on an ice/snowpacked highway and got run over by a SEMI. Yes, it isn’t illegal, but it is INCREDIBLY STUPID.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      The water was near freezing? Based on what evidence?

      Kayaking and fishing is done by thousands of people. It’s not quite the same as swimming a 21 mile wide portion of the ocean, and to say so really highlights your basic lack of intelligence and any critical thinking skills.

      I’m really not sure how you even find your way here day after day to insult people.

  6. jackactionhero says:

    Jake, you are a f*ing idiot.