A 78-year-old La Crosse man drowned Tuesday in the Waushara County town of Wautoma, according to the sheriff's department.

Authorities recovered the body of James F. Michaels about 8 p.m. in Bughs Lake after a five-hour search.

His wife called 911 about 2:50 p.m. reporting that her husband fell into the water from a boat, according to the department. She tried to rescue him but was unable to bring him to the surface.

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