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NEW INFORMATION: Searchers find body of Wis. man in Lake Namakagon

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Authorities have recovered the body of a Cottage Grove, Wis., man who drowned in Lake Namakagon in northwestern Wisconsin.

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TOWN OF NAMAKOGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have recovered the body of a Cottage Grove, Wis., man who drowned in Lake Namakagon (nam-uh-KAH'-gun) in northwestern Wisconsin.

Searchers found the body of Gerald Buss in about 10 feet of water around 12:15 p.m. Sunday on the third day of the search.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says the accident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Buss and a friend were fishing when he fell into Lake Namakagon.

A seat cushion was thrown to Buss but he was unable to maintain his grip on it and went under. He was not wearing a life jacket. His friend immediately signaled other fishermen and called 911.

The Bayfield County Coroner ruled the death to be an accidental cold water drowning.

AP-WF-09-29-13 2222GMT

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TOWN OF NAMAKOGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have resumed the search for a man who apparently drowned in Lake Namakagon in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Bayfield County Sheriff's Office says the accident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Friday. The 911 caller said a 69-year-old man from the Madison area fell out of his boat. His fishing partner tried to help him, but he disappeared under the water of Lake Namakagon in southern Bayfield County.

Searchers from several agencies including the Sawyer County Dive Team continued the search Saturday but were unable to find the victim, whosename has not been released.

The search resumed Sunday.


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