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Authorities: dog caused Lincoln County drowning


TOMAHAWK (WAOW) - A dog caused the drowning of a 67-year-old Tomahawk man when the pet climbed up on the owner out in the water, causing a freak swimming accident, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

David Lewicki drowned in Spirit Flowage late Sunday afternoon, Communications Officer Mike Caylor said. An autopsy determined the cause of death was drowning.

Caylor said Lewicki, his wife and the dog were on a pontoon boat ride. The dog and Lewicki went into the water to cool off and when Lewicki tried to urge the dog closer to the pontoon, the dog climbed up on him.

 "The dog pushed him down enough, at least once or twice," Caylor said. "The wife just said he went in (the water) and didn't come back up."

 The dog was unhurt and got out of the water, Caylor said.

 Investigators do not know Lewicki's swimming skills but he was not wearing a life jacket, Caylor said.

 Caylor did not know the breed of the dog.

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