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Wis. Snowmobiler Dies After Falling Through Ice

Posted at: 01/26/2013 6:44 PM
Updated at: 01/26/2013 10:32 PM
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office said James Hudson, a 34-year-old fishing guide from Bayfield, died Saturday afternoon after his snowmobile fell into Lake Superior near Madeline Island.

Coast Guard officials said a witness on the scene tried to save the victim from the cold water, but kept falling in the water himself.

Hudson was reportedly in the 33 degree water for 45 minutes.

When an airboat crew from the Madeline Island Fire Department was able to reach him, he was unresponsive.

Hudson was transported to Memorial Hospital in Ashland where he was pronounced dead.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.