Authorities identify victim in Bayfield County drowning

By KBJR News 1

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Authorities identify victim in Bayfield County drowning

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM CDT

Delta, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Authorities have identified the man who died after falling through the ice and into a lake in Bayfield County, Wis.

68 year old Laverne Fletty of Eau Claire was pronounced dead after responders retrieved him from Basswood Lake in the Town of Delta Thursday morning.

The man who called 911 told authorities that he and his friend were trying to access the lake from a different spot than usual, however Fletty broke through the ice.

The man tried to pull Fletty from the frigid waters, but was unable to save him.

Authorities believe he was crossing over a channel in the lake that still had water flowing underneath.

The Iron River Fire and Ambulance Service, Drummond Fire Department, divers from the Bayfield Fire Department and deputies from the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the incident.

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