Elderly woman dies at hospital after she was found without a pulse, not breathing at Pewaukee Lake

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PEWAUKEE — The Pewaukee Fire Department was called out to Pewaukee Lake on Wednesday afternoon, August 12th for a 76-year-old Waukesha woman who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. On Thursday, FOX6 News learned the woman has died.

The woman has been identified as Edith Esbensen of Waukesha.

Lifeguards observed the woman in the water and noted that she appeared be fine.  Lifeguards later checked and saw the woman floating in the water.  The woman was taken out of the water, and lifeguards were performing CPR on her when firefighters arrived on scene.

The woman was taken to the hospital, and when she was transported, she had a pulse, but she was not breathing.

The call for this incident came in at 3:35 p.m.

An autopsy is set for Friday, August 14th.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.


  • nodoovers

    Edith is my mother in law. I am not sure why you have such an interest in this story, but I am kindly asking you to stop. Everyone our family has had to deal with during this tradegy has informed us that the media has been calling and harassing them. Edith would not approve. She was an amazing women who dedicated her life to social causes, the Democratic party, animal rescue, music and photography. Please report on matters that readers can change ( donate to animal rescue) instead of concentrating on this poor ladies last day on Earth. Shame on you

  • Benjamin Pipkin

    What a horrible headline. Do you ever think “what would I want written about me?” Elderly
    Woman? Really? Where did you go to school for journalism? Would you start a story with An African American Man? What purpose does this headline serve? Does it play a role in the outcome? Were the lifeguards paying particular attention to her because she was “elderly”. She was in her 70s she wasn’t 100. I am curious why I have been told by two agencies that there was an abnormal amount of interest by the press? Is there something else that we should know? Is this because one of the lifeguards is related to the pewaukee fire chief? Is there a reason that I, her son, should be looking deeper into what happened during the response? Everyone that has read this article has had the same reaction, the headline is tasteless.

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