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Body found in bay off Ashland

ASHLAND, WI - A body was found in Chequamegon Bay off the shore of Ashland after a quick search Sunday morning, authorities said. At 7:07 a.m. the Ashland Fire Department responded to a call of a partially submerged boat near the Xcel Bay Front G...

ASHLAND, WI - A body was found in Chequamegon Bay off the shore of Ashland after a quick search Sunday morning, authorities said.

At 7:07 a.m. the Ashland Fire Department responded to a call of a partially submerged boat near the Xcel Bay Front Generating Station in Ashland, according to Captain Scott Thimm.

Upon arrival, crews using binoculars located a swamped canoe in the bay about 125 yards north of a boat launch. Two rescue swimmers, followed by four additional crew members in an air boat, broke their way through thin ice to reach the canoe, Thimm said. After searching the waters surrounding the canoe for several minutes, the crew recovered a body.

The canoe and body were found in a part of the bay known as a "hot pond," where warm water is discharged to the east of the power plant, Thimm said. Through the water had been open in that area at various points during the past few days, Thimm said it had frozen over during the night and was under about an inch of ice when the crew made the recovery.

The Ashland Police Department, the Ashland County Sheriffs Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard were also on the scene.

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Authorities did not release details about the victim. The incident remains under investigation.

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