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Authorities: Minnesota man's death at Lake Wazee ruled accidental

BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities said the death of a Twin Cities' area man in Wisconsin's deepest inland lake appears to be an accident.

The Jackson County sheriff said 50-year-old Jeffrey Carstensen of Maple Grove Minnesota was taking scuba diving lessons on Sunday when the incident occurred in Lake Wazee near Black River Falls.

Rescuers said they were called for a medical emergency -- and they tried to resuscitate Carstensen but he died later at a hospital. At last word, an autopsy on the victim was started but was not yet complete.

Lake Wazee is located in a former iron mining pit, and it's up to 355 feet deep. It's said to be popular among divers because of its overall depth.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)