Mike Heine/The Week
(Published Aug. 21, 2007, 10:38 a.m.)
Four sheriff's deputies and a state patrol trooper pulled a Lake Geneva man from a retention pond in Lafayette Township Monday afternoon after he had become stuck in a drainage pipe.
About 5 p.m., Rob Keefe, 38, of 45 Lake Drive, was in the pond clearing debris from the screen covering the pipe. When the debris dislodged, it created a whirlpool and the suction held Keefe onto it, he said.
He was stuck there about 20 minutes. His head and torso were above water the entire time.
His 10-year-old daughter Bridget called 911.
Undersheriff Kurt Picknell, Sgt. Rob Hall, Deputy Jim Trussler, Deputy Todd Neumann and Trooper Josh Reilly were able to throw rescue ropes to Keefe and pull him from the water. Keefe was about 12 feet from shore.
He was transported to a hospital for a precautionary measure. Keefe said he sustained minor cuts and bruises and is otherwise OK.
The Geneva Lake Dive Team was called to the scene but Keefe was freed before most of the equipment and personnel arrived
"I'm enormously grateful for the quick response and the determination those guys showed in pulling me out of that pipe," Keefe said.
The ponds were in a remote location of the Sugar Creek Preserve, a conservation subdivision developed by Keefe Real Estate off Bowers Road near Interstate 43 in Lafayette Township.
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