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Searchers find body of man in Lake Namakagon

Published On: Sep 30 2013 12:14:46 AM CDT

TOWN OF NAMAKOGAN, Wis. -

Authorities have recovered the body of a Cottage Grove, Wis., man who drowned in Lake Namakagon 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.

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