UPDATE: Body of swimmer pulled from Delavan Lake identified as Illinois man

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Andrea Anderson and Shelly Birkelo
July 23, 2015

TOWN OF DELAVAN—Foul play is not suspected in the death of an Illinois man who died while swimming in Delavan Lake, police said.

Divers recovered the body of Scot Apel of Arlington Heights, Illinois, at about 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a town of Delavan Police Department release.

Police were notified of a missing swimmer at about 11:08 p.m. Wednesday. Officers were told the 49-year-old man was swimming from a 21-foot Crestliner Sportfish 2150 boat when he went missing, the release states.

Divers searched for the body until about 3:30 a.m. Thursday and resumed at 5:30 a.m.

Apel was found about 38 feet under water near where he was last seen, authorities said.

Apel was on the lake with friends, who told police he went overboard, according to CSI Media News.

Lieutenant Scot Stefanczyk told The Gazette he did not know if Apel was an experienced swimmer or whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating.

Police and the town of Delavan Fire Department were assisted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, city of Delavan Police Department, Walworth County Sheriff's Office, city of Delavan Fire Department, Linn Township Fire Department, city of Lake Geneva Fire Department, Elkhorn Fire Department, Village of Williams Bay Fire Department and the Air One helicopter from Round Lake Beach Police Department, according to the release.

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