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State has first snowmobile death after Bayfield man dies on Lake Superior


BAYFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin has recorded its first snowmobile death of the New Year, after a fishing guide was killed on Lake Superior near Bayfield.

Ashland County authorities said 34-year-old James Hudson of Bayfield was driving a machine that plunged through the ice on Saturday on a channel between Bayfield and Long Island.

Hudson was a year-round fishing guide at the Apostle Islands and the nearby Chequamegon Bay.

The Coast Guard said a bystander may have tried to save Hudson, but the victim kept falling into the water. Rescue crews pulled Hudson from the lake early Saturday afternoon, and he was taken to a hospital in Duluth Minnesota where he was pronounced dead.

Ashland County sheriff’s deputies and the state DNR are still investigating.

The DNR’s Web site reported four snowmobile deaths in Wisconsin this winter before Hudson was killed – and none after December 31st.

The five deaths so far are the same number as this time a year ago. Hudson’s wife received worldwide publicity last summer, after she took a photo of a man and his elderly dog resting in Lake Superior.