A 39 year old man from Black River Falls died on Prairie Lake on Saturday, May 7.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald released a statement regarding the death of Casey Hayden on Prairie Lake. According to the release, on May 7, 2022, at 6:55 p.m., the Barron County 911 center received a call of  someone yelling for help from a pontoon on Prairie Lake. The person said they could not find a man in the water.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene along with the Cameron Fire Department, Chetek Fire Department, Chetek Fire Dive and Rescue Team, Chetek Ambulance, Wisconsin DNR and Lifelink Helicopter.

At about 8:00 p.m., a diver located the man in the water a few feet from where the boat was anchored and was brought to shore. Life saving measures were attempted but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation, based on witness statements, show a possible medical event before falling into the water.

The Barron County Medical Examiner will be completing an autopsy to determine Casey Hayden’s cause of death.

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