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Green Bay native dies in boat that caught fire on Lake Michigan

Green Bay native Ashley Haws identified as woman who died after boating accident on Lake Michigan. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).
Green Bay native Ashley Haws identified as woman who died after boating accident on Lake Michigan. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - The Coast Guard ended its search Monday for two people missing and presumed drowned after a boat caught fire on Lake Michigan near Chicago.  

A former Green Bay woman died in the incident, and another man survived but has given conflicting stories of what happened.  

Reports indicated that four people jumped from the burning boat on Saturday night on Lake Michigan, while it was going between Chicago and New Buffalo Michigan. One was found dead on Sunday. She was identified yesterday as 26-year-old Ashley Haws of Chicago, who used to live in Green Bay.  

The man who survived was confused due to hypothermia. At first, he said up to six people were missing -- but as he became more coherent, he said only two were still unaccounted for.  

The Coast Guard said it's likely that they did not survive frigid cold waters on the lake.  

Officials also wonder why the boat never issued a distress call, or tried to alert other boaters that something was wrong.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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