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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 by-stander 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 D-N-R are still investigating. The D-N-R'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.