Roger Goodell Update
On Saturday October 25th Roger Goodell’s body was recovered from the Mississippi River. Roger went missing two weeks prior while fishing with a friend. Their boat got pulled into the hydraulics of the river just below lock #9 in Lynxville WI. On Sunday evening Scott was contacted by Kay, a Face book friend about this accident and gave us a family contact number. I contacted them and they agreed to have us come down to run our Klein 3900 sonar system to locate their family member. We traveled 110 miles that Monday, Wednesday and Friday to aid in his recovery. As in every case we get involved with we met many good people and made more friends. This small community pulled together along with many nearby departments to search for Roger. During our three days of search we did a test which I believe proved to be very interesting. Two jugs tied on a line, one full to flow along the bottom and one empty and sealed to float. This was put where Roger fell out of the boat. This was an eye opener for that the jugs where pulled down and into the gates and got hung up. A second test was done but this time further away from the gates with the same results. I believed that this was very likely where Roger could be hung up as time went on and not located downstream. I made the suggestion that this area needs to be checked out. The lock folks made this happen which was not an easy task Friday the 24rd. I wish more people could see the forces that this river produces.
We were invited to stop by the Wooden Nickel on our way out of the area for supper on the owner. We got to know more about Roger during this visit and from our new friends on Face book. It is apparent that Roger was quite a character and loved by many in the area. As friends and relatives gathered on Saturday the 25th to celebrate his life, it was interesting that this is the day that he was found. They say he was not one to miss a good party! RIP Roger, you left good memories that many will cherish.
Day one search for Roger 10/13/14
Scott and I traveled to Lynxville WI on the Mississippi River. We wet with The Crawford Sheriff’s Dept. and workers of Lock # 9. We viewed the location of where Roger fell from his boat. We began with running our sonar in this location with the help and cooperation of Lock # 9. Working downstream we spotted a target that I felt needed to be checked out first hand late in the afternoon. It started raining at noon this day and we where soaked and cold. We felt it worthwhile to stay at it to see what this object was in the rocks of the wing dam. Suiting up in scuba gear I found it to be either on the move or the formation of the rocks fooled us.
Day two search for Roger 10/15/14
Traveled back to Lynxville and met up with Rogers brother in-law Len who agreed to help me out and drive the pontoon. Scott could not make this trip. About a dozen boats with many departments and local volunteers organizing to do shore line search. I shared a method I had learned about on a search earlier this year to see what a body would do once on the bottom in the current. It consist of two jugs and a line attached to the jugs longer than the deepest depths you are dealing with. One jug is filled with water and the other is sealed up to hold air to float. I know that an average body only weights only 15-18 pounds under water. The idea is to see the path of something going along the bottom. The filled jug is then put into the water of the known location. You let the air filled one go so you can see the path of the one on the bottom. This is where we where all very surprised! The jug went down and very fast into the gate roller and got snagged up in that area. They closed the gate and we tried to pull it out put found it to be snagged up. We cut the line and tried this again with another jug but farther away from the gate. Once again it was immediately pulled with great force into the open gate. The Lock workers shut the gates down for us so we could run our pontoon and sonar safely in front of the gates to see if we could see anything. We were able to produce an amazing image of what is in front of the gate and out in front of the gate. There is nothing of interest in here now. There is an area between the roller and concrete that I cannot get an image of and I believe is possible for something to get snagged up in. That is where both jugs are! We began to run sonar down stream to only find that the Mississippi River beat us once again. We hit a wing dam with the sonar and broke a $400. wing off. That ended our day a bit earlier than I had hoped.
Authorities had been searching for 66 yr old John Spoor since he failed to return home from a fishing trip to the lake on Tuesday. After he did not return when he had said he would at 4 p.m. that day, he was reported missing and Village of Silver Lake police began to search for him.
We were asked to assist with our sonar on Silver Lake in Kenosha County so Keith made his way to help. With the help of some local fire fighters we were able to locate three possible targets. Kenosha County Dive Team was called in to check out the targets but ran into the late night. The next morning John was recovered.
The departments and personnel of Silver Lake Fire, Kenosha County, Bristol and Wilmot were fantastic to work with. Hopefully we won’t have to meet on these conditions again.