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Police identify man who drowned in weekend ice-fishing accident
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Police identify man who drowned in weekend ice-fishing accident

Carlyle Braden


A man who died after being pulled from a fishing pond March 1 in Lake Geneva has been identified as a military veteran from Racine County.

Police believe Carlyle Braden, 71, of unincorporated Kansasville in the town of Dover, fell through the ice and drowned while ice fishing on a 10- to 12-foot-deep pond along Towline Road.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m. March 1 near W1922 Townline Road at the border between Lake Geneva and the town of Bloomfield.

Lake Geneva police Lt. Ed Gritzner said officials are unsure why Braden decided to try ice fishing at that location. Gritzner said investigators found fishing gear near the spot where Braden fell through the ice.

The ice was only about two inches thick, Gritzner said.

Allison Bursiek, a daughter of Braden’s, said her father enjoyed searching out new spots for ice-fishing. He had fished on the same pond one day earlier with two of his grandchildren when the ice was much thicker, Bursiek said.

“It’s hard to get out on those big lakes,” she said. “It’s easier to walk out onto a little pond.”

Shortly before 5 p.m. March 1, emergency crews were alerted that a man had fallen through ice on the pond.

Capt. Robert Hall of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department said deputies Brody Fiedler and Matt Weber jumped into the pond wearing protective gear and pulled the victim out of the water at 5:14 p.m.

Hall said the victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

The Walworth County medical examiner ruled the death an accidental drowning.

According to an obituary, Braden was a U.S. Army Veteran from the Vietnam War era. He worked as a carpenter and is survived his wife and seven children.

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