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Angler Drowns on Bayfield Co. Lake

Updated: 02/14/2014 4:07 PM
Created: 02/13/2014 4:22 PM WDIO.com

An ice fisherman drowned while attempting to get to a fishing spot on a Bayfield County lake Thursday morning.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says 68-year-old Laverne Fletty of Lake Hallie, Wis. fell through the ice on Basswood Lake in the Town of Delta.  A friend who was with Fletty called 911 for help.

The friend said they had fished on the lake before but they were taking a different route due to the amount of snow.  He unsuccessfully tried to get his friend out of the water on his own before emergency responders arrived.

The man had died by the time rescuers were able to retrieve him from the water.  The sheriff's office believes the ice may be thinner in the area due to a channel with an active current.

The victim's name is not yet being released because family members are still being notified.

Besides the sheriff's office, Iron River Fire and Ambulance, Drummond Fire, and divers from the Bayfield Fire Department responded to the scene.
 

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