Hovercraft vs. Tree -Fatality
On January 12, 2022 at approximately 8:36 am, the Sheriff's Office was notified of a Hovercraft crash on the Mississippi River near Jay's Landing in the Township of Bloomington. After investigation, it was found that Gary Kaiser, age 77 of Potosi, was operating his 2009 Hovercraft vessel on the frozen waters of the Mississippi River. It is believed Kaiser suffered a medical event shortly after leaving shore. Kaiser's hovercraft then struck a tree on an island approximately 100 yards from shore. Kaiser was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grant County Coroner. This crash remains under investigation. The Bagley Fire Department, Bagley 1st Responders, Bloomington Fire Department, West Grant EMS, Wisconsin DNR, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assisted the Sheriff's Office at the scene.