Virginia man dies after swimming incident in Geneva Lake

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Andrea Anderson
July 22, 2015

FONTANA—A Virginia man died Monday at a Janesville hospital after a swimming incident in Geneva Lake, Fontana Police Chief Steve Olson said.

Scott Stuart, 54, of King George, Virginia, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center after Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol staff pulled the man from the lake.

Stuart was swimming past a private pier on the southwest side of the lake to retrieve a flotation device before he went under water, Olson said.

Police were dispatched at 12:55 p.m. Stuart had a pulse before being taken to the hospital where he died at about 7 p.m. Monday, Olson said.

Cause of death has not been determined.

The Walworth County Medical Examiner's Office completed a preliminary autopsy and has not determined whether a stroke, heart attack or other medical condition led to the incident. Foul play is not suspected, Olson said. Toxicology results are pending.

Stuart was a "fairly good swimmer," Olson said. Stuart and his family were on vacation at the Harvard Club on the southwest side of the lake, Olson said.

Fontana EMS and Geneva Lake Law Enforcement also responded.

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