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Windsurfer killed on Lake Mendota identified

Windsurfer killed on Lake Mendota identified

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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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