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Windsurfer killed on Lake Mendota identified

Windsurfer killed on Lake Mendota identified


Dane County officials Friday released the name of the windsurfer killed this week.

Yu Chen, 43, was windsurfing on Lake Mendota on Wednesday when he was struck and killed by a boat, Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Barry Irmen said.

Chen was a volunteer instructor with Hoofers Sailing Club and began windsurfing in 2009, UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said.

“Yu gave generously of his time and knowledge of windsurfing for more than five years as a volunteer instructor,” said Mills Botham of Hoofers. “All of us at Hoofers are feeling his loss deeply.”

The boat that struck Chen was used by UW-Madison for life-saving duties on the lake, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said.

The boat had been returning from a call on Governor’s Island when it hit Chen, Schaffer said, and the crew on the boat retrieved Chen’s body.


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