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    Default Frantic effort made to save life on icy lake

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    Feb. 04, 2003

    Frantic effort made to save life
    Attempts fail after two cars plunge into open water

    By Peggy Breister
    the reporter

    Winnebago, WI - Seven young men did everything they could to rescue a friend after the cars in which they were riding plunged into the icy waters of Lake Winnebago shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department officials say.Zacharia Pickart, 19, of 533 Monmouth St., was the driver of one of two cars that drove into open water about 1˝-miles from the West Shore and about the same distance north of Lakeside Park.
    Preliminary autopsy results indicate Pickart drowned, said Sheriff’s Department Detective Chip Capoyianes. Sheriff’s Department divers found him under the water about eight feet from his vehicle shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.The accident comes one year to the day that Fond du Lac resident Rose Roberts died when her snowmobile went into open water on Lake Winnebago.
    Pickart and two friends were in a car following another car on the lake shortly after 11 p.m. when the driver of the first car realized he was off a marked ice road and was heading toward open water, according to Sheriff’s Department reports. The driver of the first car, Chad Fraley, 23, of Taycheedah, tried to stop but his car was struck in the rear end by Pickart’s car and both cars plunged into a large hole in the ice. They were traveling about 30 mph, according to reports.Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mick Fink said the second car hit the first car with enough force to discharge the airbag in the second car and cause front-end damage.
    Fraley and four passengers in his car — Ben Freiberg, 19, of 332 Sibley St.; Ben Johnson, 21, of 354 Bank St.; Steven Scott, 23, of 565 W. Scott St.; and William Van Gorder, 22, of 448 N. Hickory St. — were able to get out of the vehicle.
    Pickart and two passengers in his car — Blake Freiberg, 15, and Bryan Freiberg, 20, both of 332 Sibley St. — also were able to get out of Pickart’s car. Pickart was holding on to two of the Freiberg brothers, but he lost his hold and disappeared into the water as they worked their way to ice that would support their weight, according to a report.
    The seven moved around to distribute their weight on the thin ice, Capoyianes said.
    “They were cold. They were shaken up,” he said. “I think they did everything they could to try and rescue their friend.”
    Although most of the occupants of Fraley’s car had been drinking prior to the accident, only one person was cited for underage drinking. Tests of the other passengers revealed that they did not meet the requirements for alcohol citations, according to the report.
    Before the seven walked more than a mile to shore to get help, one of them pushed some snow into a pile to mark the spot where the cars went into the water. The cars sank to the bottom in about eight to 10 feet of water.Some of the people in the cars were very familiar with the lake and had spent time on the lake earlier in the day ice fishing, according to the report.Fraley said he was driving on the lake when a car started following him. He told Sheriff’s Department officers he didn’t know at first who was in the other vehicle.
    “We told him two days ago, ‘Don’t go out there at night,’” Fraley’s mother, Karen Fraley of Taycheedah, said Monday. “He said, ‘Oh Mom, it will be all right.’ Now he sees… We’ve had a rough night.”
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    Default Department eyes purchase of ice rescue boat

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    Posted Feb. 04, 2003

    Sheriff’s Department eyes purchase of ice rescue boat

    By Peggy Breister
    the reporter

    If the accident that sent two cars into the icy waters of Lake Winnebago around midnight Sunday had occurred two weeks from now, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department may have had a quicker means of getting to the cars and the missing driver.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Fond du Lac County Board will be asked to support a resolution from two committees for the purchase of a $30,000 iceboat (airboat).

    A public hearing on the purchase will be held during the meeting because the money necessary for the purchase is not part of the budget. Two-thirds of the board must then support the purchase.In recent years, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department has relied on hovercrafts from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department to assist in rescue efforts on Lake Winnebago.“They were our ace in the hole,” said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Gary Pucker. “But they’re down right now.”The hovercrafts were damaged during a rescue attempt on the lake more than a month ago. Both are being repaired, and one should be operational sometime later this month, a spokeswoman for the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department said. The other is expected to be down longer.

    Without the option of using a hovercraft from Winnebago County, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department was forced to call Michigan and Green Lake County for help in the attempted rescue early Monday on Lake Winnebago. The U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City, Mich., could not fly early Monday due to the weather. The Sheriff’s Department dive team was whisked to the scene by a hovercraft from Princeton. Fond du Lac County will be billed for the use of the craft and the time spent by emergency workers.Through some detective legwork, the department located a used Ice Angel airboat in Princeton, Minn.
    The boat (airboat) can run on ice, snow or water and is powerful enough to cut through marsh vegetation. It has a front hoist for retrieving submerged items.

    Although purchasing an iceboat(airboat)like this one may cost about $83,000 if it were new, the owner of the boat is willing to sell it to the department for $30,000. Chief Deputy Mick Fink traveled to Minnesota and checked out the boat. He said it is in good working order and could be ready to go as a local rescue boat in a couple of days after it is purchased. When the Sheriff’s Department has to rescue someone off the lake, the person rescued may be billed for the use of the boat. Likewise, if the boat is used in mutual aid rescues with neighboring departments, those departments would be billed as well. The fee, he said, would be $500 for the craft and about $34 per hour for each officer involved in the rescue.“We have to find a way to pay for the boat,” Pucker said. “This is one way to do that.”The department has no choice, he said. “This office shares a large responsibility for Lake Winnebago and we have to have the equipment to respond,” Pucker said. “Last night was a classic example of what can go wrong out there,” he said Monday.
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    Default Plow driver saved after icy plunge into river

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    Plow driver saved after icy plunge into river

    February 9, 2003

    By RAGHURAM VADAREVU
    Staff Writer

    HACKENSACK - Firefighters rescued a driver from a pickup truck Saturday morning after the vehicle plowed through a chain-link fence and slid down the bank of the Hackensack River near The Record's River Street headquarters.
    The front of the truck was submerged in the icy water, and rescue personnel worked quickly and used some ingenuity to pull Carmine Romano safely from the truck as water trickled into the cab, a fire official said.
    Romano, a longtime employee of North Jersey Media Group, The Record's parent company, was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center for minor injuries and released, officials said.
    "The response from the Fire Department and the paramedics was great," said Harry Schmidt, the company's safety manager. "They were in there, did their job very professionally, and left."
    Romano's ordeal began late Friday night at the end of his shift. Using a truck with a plow, he was clearing the last snow from the parking lot outside the company's home-delivery distribution center and repair shop, Schmidt said.
    Schmidt said the truck may have hit a patch of ice and skidded off the pavement across a strip of gravel about 15 feet wide, through the fence.
    About 12:06 a.m. Saturday, firefighters arrived and tied the cable from the rescue truck's winch to the rear axle of the pickup so it would not slip further into the river, said Deputy Fire Chief Joel Thornton.
    "It appeared as if the truck was down in the mud in the bank area, but you can never be sure," Thornton said.
    Rescue personnel decided against launching the Fire Department's rescue boat because the river was clogged with ice floes, Thornton said.
    Deputy Fire Chief Ed Virgin, who was on the scene, had a solution, Thornton said.
    First, Firefighters Mike Martinelli and Joe Ackerman were tethered by lifelines. Then, they gingerly went down the riverbank and along the truck, and pulled Romano out the rear window, Thornton said.
    After the save, Martinelli and Ackerman ended their 24-hour shifts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Thornton said.
    Romano was recovering at home.
    The company was investigating the incident.


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    Default One dead, three rescued after thin ice gives way

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    One dead, three rescued after thin ice gives way

    By JAY REY
    News Staff Reporter
    2/9/2003

    One person died and three others - including a 10-year-old boy - were rescued in two separate incidents Saturday, after venturing onto thin ice on area waterways. A North Tonawanda man died in the freezing waters of the Erie Canal on Saturday afternoon, after he and his 10-year-old son tried to walk across the ice-covered canal. A couple of hours later, two ice fishermen fell into Lake Erie off Hamburg Town Beach. Both were able to get out of the water safely; they were spotted and picked up by an Erie County Sheriff's Department helicopter two to three miles off the Hamburg shoreline. "No ice is safe ice," Sheriff Patrick M. Gallivan said Saturday, "especially with the shifting, high winds we have been having. Predictability of the ice can change from hour to hour with these winds." Andrew Heft, 35, of Old Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda, died in the Erie Canal, but only after he helped get his son out of the water and safely to shore on Old Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. Divers pulled Heft's body from the canal shortly after 5 p.m., about three hours after he and his son, Michael Daken of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, slipped through the ice. Heft was able to boost his son out of the water onto more solid ice so that a witness could drag the boy to shore, Amherst police said. "Witnesses said that the father actually helped get the boy out of the water," said Amherst Police Lt. Stephen McGonagle. "And then he went down," McGonagle said. Michael - who lives with his mother, Jennifer Daken - was taken to Women's and Children's Hospital, where he was recovering Saturday night, authorities said. "They're getting his body temperature up. He's awake and alert. He sounds pretty good," Amherst Police Lt. Paul Fels said Saturday night. It began with a trip to McDonald's on Saturday afternoon. The father and son left Heft's home on Old Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda, which abuts the northwest border of Amherst. The two were walking to the nearby McDonald's restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard, but noticed that their route - the bridge on Robinson Road - was congested with traffic, according to what Daken told police. Instead, the two decided to walk across the ice-covered canal, which runs near Heft's home. The section of the canal they chose to cross is just north of Robinson Road, near North Tonawanda's Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse. It's here where the canal splits Old Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst and Sweeney Street-Old Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda. A small park and boat launch on the North Tonawanda side provide easy access to the water. The father and son were about 20 yards from shore, or closer, when they hit a thin spot in the ice and fell through, McGonagle said. The two apparently kept trying to get onto the ice, but the ice kept breaking, authorities said. A young girl spotted the two struggling in the water and ran to get her father, John Harrison, who lives nearby, police said. Harrison grabbed a 100-foot extension cord and tossed it to the father and son. "Mr. Heft was able to push the boy out onto the ice, and Mr. Harrison dragged (Michael) to shore," Fells said. "Shortly after, Mr. Heft slipped under the ice." Police received a call at about 2:15 p.m., and the search for Heft began. Responding to the scene were Amherst, North Tonawanda and state police, the Coast Guard and firefighters from the Ellicott Creek, Getzville, North Amherst, Wendelville, Clarence Center, East Amherst and North Tonawanda fire companies. The Sheriff's Department helicopter helped break the ice on the canal and searched for Heft from the air. Divers found Heft's body in the frigid, dark water just after 5 p.m., about 20 yards from shore. Police said it's not unusual for people to walk on the ice covering the canal. Meanwhile, Saturday morning in Hamburg, David E. Crawford, 45, of Hamburg, and his fishing partner, William Nelson Jr., 39, no address available, drove a snowmobile and heavy sled about three miles onto the Lake Erie ice, sheriff's officials said. As they began to pack up to leave sometime before 5 p.m., the snowmobile and sled went through the ice. The fishermen were able to get out of the water, but their snowmobile, sled and equipment were lost. The two had been walking on the ice toward shore for about 20 minutes before Capt. Kevin Caffery and Flight Officer Art Litzinger, in the sheriff's helicopter on a routine patrol, spotted the two and picked them up. Crawford could not be reached to comment Saturday night. "These men are lucky to be alive," Caffery said. "This year, we have seen an abundance of people venturing farther and farther out onto the ice, either using their all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles. It is a dangerous practice and could be deadly."
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    Default Snowmobiler lost in whiteout rescued

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    Snowmobiler lost in whiteout rescued

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    PUT-IN-BAY, WI -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Detroit rescued a Rattlesnake Island snowmobiler from frozen Lake Erie early this morning after he spent three hours on the ice. The man, Pete Lacomb, was taken by a Coast Guard rescue helicopter to Magruder Hospital, where he was released after treatment. Early reports show Lacomb was last seen around 11 p.m. on his snowmobile between South Bass Island and Rattlesnake Island. A caller reported to the Coast Guard that his headlights disappeared when winds swirled to nearly 50 mph and a whiteout engulfed Lacomb and his snowmobile. The Coast Guard dispatched its helicopter rescue crew from Detroit to search for him, and after nearly three hours they spotted him, according to reports.
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    Default Helicopters rescue 18 off floes on Lake Erie

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2003

    Helicopters rescue 18 off floes on Lake Erie

    PORT CLINTON - U.S. Coast Guard helicopters rescued 18 people from Lake Erie floes late yesterday off Catawba Island.

    Winds up to 30 mph churned and broke apart the ice where fishermen had gathered a mile from shore, PO Steve Reeves of the U.S. Coast Guard in Detroit said.

    Two helicopters were sent out about 4:20 p.m. after the Coast Guard was told by a fisherman that his fishing buddy was missing. They were separated in the high wind and a snow squall.

    A helicopter hoisted aboard 13 people from ice floes, and the other unit carried five people, including the missing fisherman, and took them to shore.

    A couple of people fell into the water before the aircraft arrived. One person was treated for hypothermia.

    "There was not panic, but they were certainly concerned," Petty Officer Reeves said. Fishermen had to leave behind fishing gear, including at least one all-terrain vehicle.

    The inclement weather came up too quickly for the fishermen to get to shore on their own, he said. After the helicopters took them to shore, most of them "took off for their vehicles. Most of them were pretty cold," Petty Officer Reeves said.

    Later last night, one of the helicopters tried to escort a pair of ATV riders off the ice from the same general area but ended up having to hoist them into the craft about 9 p.m. because of unsafe conditions.

    The Coast Guard worked into the evening to search for remaining fishermen. Nobody else was reported missing. Officers warned that winds forecast for the area are expected to keep ice conditions unstable.
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    Default Man dies after falling through ice; three rescued

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    Man dies after falling through ice; three rescued

    (Buffalo-AP)- A man died after falling though ice and three people were rescued in two separate incidents in the Buffalo area.

    Police say 35-year-old Andrew Heft of North Tonawanda was walking with his ten-year-old son across the ice-covered Erie Canal Saturday afternoon when the ice broke and both fell in.

    Heft got his son out of the frigid water, but lost his own life. Divers pulled Heft's body from the canal in Amherst several hours later.

    Also yesterday afternoon, two ice fishermen fell into Lake Erie off Hamburg Town Beach. Both were able to get out of the water safely. They were spotted and picked up by an Erie County Sheriff's helicopter two to three miles off the Hamburg shoreline.

    Sheriff Patrick Gallivan said no ice is safe, especially with the shifting, high winds.
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    Default Boy dies after falling into icy lake

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    Boy dies after falling into icy lake

    Monday, February 17, 2003

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    NEW YORK -- A 13-year-old boy sledding on an icy lake in a Bronx park died Saturday afternoon after he fell into the freezing water, police said. Luis Concepcion was sledding with a friend around 12:35 p.m. when he slipped and fell through a layer of ice covering a frozen pond at Van Cortlandt Park, police said. A police scuba team retrieved Concepcion from the lake and transported him by helicopter to Jacobi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 3 p.m. Firefighters had to walk a quarter-mile across the park to reach the ice-covered pond, which was located in the middle of Van Cortlandt Golf Course. They dove into the pond with cold-water suits, but it wasn't until a police rescue squad arrived that Concepcion was recovered.
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    Default Fishermen rescued from Lake Erie

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    Fishermen rescued from Lake Erie

    February 9, 2003

    wkbw - The Erie County Sheriff's helicopter helped rescue some ice fishermen who broke through the ice about three miles out onto Lake Erie off Hamburg Town Beach. David Crawford, 45, of Hamburg, and his companion, William Nelson, 39, drove a snowmobile and sled out onto the ice covered lake. They fell through the ice and were able to get out of the water, but their sled and equipment was lost.

    Captain Kevin Caffery was on a routine patrol when he spotted the pair walking on the ice toward the shore and was able to take them to safety.

    Captain Caffrey warns that the ice out on the lake becomes very unstable with windy conditions and ice fishermen put themselves in danger by testing themselves. The condition of the ice can change from hour to hour.
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    Default Snowmobiler rescued from Crow River

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    Snowmobiler rescued from Crow River

    Kavita Kumar

    Feb. 17, 2003

    Star Tribune
    Minneapolis, MN -- A 32-year-old man from St. Michael, Minn., was rescued Sunday from open water and ice on the Crow River after the snowmobile he was riding sank, according to the Wright County Sheriff's Office.
    The snowmobiler had been skipping over open water when the skis on his machine hooked an ice ridge and it sank in the open water, officials said.
    The man, whose name was not released, was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The extent of his injuries was unclear Sunday night.
    At about 5:10 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a cell phone call about the incident. Authorities were not able to determine the location at first, but subsequent cell phone reports narrowed it to an area in St. Michael.
    The Sheriff's Office, which is investigating, was assisted by St. Michael fire and rescue officials and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol.
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    20 rescued from ice floes
    'They were running out of real estate'

    By RICK NEALE
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    CATAWBA ISLAND, WI -- An unexpected snow squall splintered the Lake Erie ice Monday afternoon, stranding 20 fishermen on various ice floes between Green Island and the mainland. Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters hoisted the fishermen from the floes, shuttling the majority to the tip of the Catawba Island peninsula just west of the Miller Boat Line dock. "There wasn't anyplace for them to go," Petty Officer Blake Lange said, describing a band of seven fishermen stuck on a floe the size of a football field. "The ice was building up underneath each other (at the edges). They were running out of real estate." One fisherman, Melissa Daniels, fell into the frigid lake and was flown to Magruder Hospital for possible hypothermia. She was treated and released. Further information was not available this morning. No other injuries were reported. Although initial reports on the number of rescued fishermen varied, Coast Guard public relations officer Scott Bronson confirmed this morning that 20 anglers were saved. The storm struck after 4 p.m. on an otherwise sunny afternoon. Weather instruments at the Port Clinton wastewater plant recorded wind gusts of 46 mph. Wind and wave action quickly created a maze of ice cracks and reduced visibility to near zero. "Whiteout. You couldn't see. Terrible wind," said fisherman George Sailer of Temperance, Mich., minutes after stepping onto solid ground. "Nothing that was in the forecast." Sailer and two companions fished Monday for five or six hours, staking out shanties about a mile and a half south of Green Island. The squall struck on their return home -- "the ice started cracking up all around us," he recalled. The trio made it about 200 yards from shore at Catawba Island State Park but could venture no further. Wind-propelled ice chunks were breaking and piling up on the shore, and jagged cracks were firing across the ice in all directions. The Coast Guard received its first distress call at 4:20 p.m. from a fisherman who got separated from his friend during the squall, Petty Officer Shane Longauer said. One of the agency's Detroit-based helicopters was about eight miles away, flying routine patrol in the Cedar Creek vicinity. The helicopter switched directions and buzzed to a cluster of seven fishermen trapped about a mile and a half southwest of Green Island, Lange said. Initially, the men refused assistance. The helicopter dropped off a portable radio, then flew to help other fishermen stranded in the vicinity. A second helicopter from the Coast Guard's Detroit base joined the rescue effort at 5:21 p.m. The last pair of fishermen landed at Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport at 9:10 p.m., ending the rescue operation, Longauer said. Larry McCartney of Toledo and Jack Riches of Oregon were fishing for perch with two other buddies and other assorted anglers about a half-mile west of Green Island. "We were just packing up to leave -- and that squall line hit us," McCartney said. "It was a whiteout, man. You couldn't see nothing." McCartney and Riches journeyed back to shore, using hand-held global positioning equipment to mark their course. At one point, they had to jump across a crack in the ice, and they were forced to abandon their snowmobiles along the way. During their colorful trek, McCartney said a huge chunk of ice burst skyward from the lake about 50 feet in front of them. Riches said they could see loose sheets of ice sliding beneath the ice they walked upon. The quartet got about a quarter mile from the state park shoreline before getting stuck. McCartney said the lake ice was generally about a foot and a half thick. Catawba Island EMS crews and firefighters offered treatment for the fishermen on shore. "The ice kind of wavered in the last few days," Petty Officer Scott Giard said. "It rained and it froze, and then it re-froze. The structure of the ice got pretty bad." Joe Kostura owns Hard Water Charters, a Put-in-Bay airboat company. He said he planned to retrieve about 10 abandoned four-wheelers from the Lake Erie ice this morning, along with shanties and other pieces of equipment.
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    Default Children Okay After Fall Through Ice

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    February 20, 2003

    Children Okay After Fall Through Ice

    Two children are okay Thursday night after falling through the ice in a pond on the city’s West Side.
    Divers spent an hour searching a retention pond Thursday afternoon after a report that a child may have fallen through the ice.
    It happened at a subdivision near the 200 block of Girls School Road. Police say a child who was getting off the school bus said he saw children fall through the ice of the subdivision retention pond.
    The Wayne Township Fire Department responded to the call and searched the pond. They felt something in the water, so dive teams were sent in. They did not find anything.
    However, they heard a report of children wandering around the neighborhood in wet clothes, and determined that the two children had fallen through but escaped. Although they were wet, cold and scared, firefighters say then children will be okay. The children went to a neighborhood home for help after escaping from the icy water.
    A sheriff’s deputy is interviewing the two children. Police are also looking for a third child, who also may have been at the scene.
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    Emergency workers rescue man on creek
    * Eric Hartge went out on ice to save family's dogs


    By: AMY REININK, Staff Writer

    February 21, 2003


    EASTON, MD - Emergency workers labored nearly two hours Thursday morning to rescue an Easton man who had become stranded in a kayak on Peachblossom Creek while trying to save his two dogs from the ice.
    The drama that brought two Maryland State Police helicopters, a Department of Natural Resources Police boat and helicopter, several Easton firefighters and workers from the U.S. Coast Guard and Talbot County Emergency Medical Services to the creek's shore started about 8:30 a.m., when neighbors called the Hartges to say the family's dogs had wandered onto the ice to chase a deer.
    Eric Hartge, 23, of Easton, and his father, Totch Hartge, "busted out of the house, ran through the snow with the kayak, not really sure what we would do yet," when they got the call, said a shivering Totch Hartge after his son and the dogs were on dry land.

    Eric Hartge jumped in the kayak and rowed out, his father said, fetching the dogs but weighting the kayak so much he could not turn back toward shore.
    Totch tried to walk on the ice toward his son, but fell through at wading depth, he said.
    By 8:50 a.m., neighbors had called 911.
    Totch Hartge, his wife and his daughter watched from the shore as rescue workers swarmed in to help.
    "All of a sudden, the world came to visit," Totch Hartge said.
    The helicopters droned overhead for several minutes before one of the two Maryland State Police copters hovered close to the water, dropped a rescue basket to Eric Hartge, lifted him toward land and deposited him safely on the bank of the creek.
    Eric Hartge and the mixed-breed dogs, Maggie and Bailey, had been stranded for nearly two hours in the water-filled kayak.
    Department of Natural Resources officers on a motorboat and Easton Fire Chief Russel Miles in a diving suit went back to fetch the dogs.
    After the whir from the choppers died down and Eric Hartge was wrapped in a blanket on the way to the hospital, Cpl. Elizabeth Beck reflected on what had been a difficult mission for herself, another helicopter paramedic and the copter's pilot during a debriefing with firefighters and other rescue workers.
    She called such an airlift "one of the most dangerous things you can be a part of."
    Eric Hartge was brought to Memorial Hospital at Easton, where he was treated and released.
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    Default Man dies after being pulled from icy Niagara

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    Man dies after being pulled from icy Niagara

    February 17, 2003, 9:26 PM EST

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- A 57-year-old man died after bobbing in the frigid Niagara River for more than 30 minutes on Monday.

    Louis Lovallo Jr. had parked his car on a bridge over a river bend split by an island, roughly 10 miles upstream from the Niagara Falls, authorities said.

    Police saw his car at 11 a.m. before they spotted him floating in the water 45 minutes later, said North Tonawanda Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Krantz.

    "He was at least aware of what was going on and his head was above water," Krantz told the Tonawanda News. "He had a jacket on and it puffed up. Apparently he jumped in the water."

    Lovallo ended up near a piece of a broken Lake Erie ice boom, where a diver and rescue workers dragged him out of the 30-degree water.

    His core temperature was 86 degrees, authorities said.

    "He was in the water about 30 to 45 minutes before he got pulled out," said Joseph Piwtorak, a volunteer firefighter.

    Lovallo, of Kenmore, died around 3 p.m. at a local hospital, police said.
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    Default Fisherman survives icy plunge

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    Saginaw Riverice fisherman catches ... cold

    Monday, February 17, 2003

    By Frank C. Lee
    TIMES WRITER

    Thomas Snover was in his car on the Saginaw River, looking to do some ice fishing Sunday afternoon, when he got that sinking feeling.

    He and his 1992 Geo Tracker ended up in the icy river near the Middlegrounds Island, off Coryell Field and Morton Street, before he was rescued.
    "All I was doing was what any other ice fisherman was doing - looking for a place to fish," said Snover, 56, of Bay City.
    "I was just driving along at 8 mph, in second gear - no one was speeding, no one was drunk - when I saw the open water. By then, it was too late to do anything, and I slid into the hole."
    Bay City firefighters found Snover sitting on the rooftop of his partially submerged car after he attempted to walk the estimated 50 feet back to shore.
    "I managed to scramble through the car window and get on the roof," Snover said.
    "It looked like I could make the jump over the open water ... but I slid into the water and was up to my neck before climbing back on the roof."
    Snover estimated he spent 30 minutes in the 8-degree weather before helped arrived.
    "My cell phone in my pants pocket got soaked, but there was some young people on shore. I hollered at them, and they said they would call 911," Snover said.
    Firefighters used a 14-foot aluminum boat to retrieve Snover, who refused hospital treatment.
    "That area of the Saginaw River is pretty remote. He was lucky. If he was out there for any longer he could have ended up dead from hypothermia," said Robert Davey, battalion chief of the Bay City Fire Department.
    Bay City police officers ticketed Snover for reckless driving.
    "I've fished every inch of the river over the years, usually by myself," Snover said.
    "I didn't know about the open water. ... There's a hot water exchange from Monitor Sugar (Co.) that empties into the river at that point, but there's no marking, no signs."
    Police said Snover has 48 hours to fish his Geo Tracker out of the Saginaw River.
    "You don't know what cold is until you've fallen into the river," Snover said.
    "Next time I go ice fishing, I'm going to do it by foot."
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    Default Man scrambles out of car after going into lake

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    Man scrambles out of car after going into lake

    Jim Stevens, staff writer

    February 12, 2003

    Town of Merton, WI - Frigid temperatures does not mean lakes are completely frozen over.

    Merton, WI -- A Town of Merton man learned that lesson Feb. 9 when his car went into Okauchee Lake.

    According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Adam Sellers, 22, of W332 N6315 Highway C, was driving on Okauchee Lake after ice fishing at about 9 a.m. when his 1998 Ford Escort went into an open area in the ice.

    Sellers was able to crawl out a car window, scramble onto the roof and then onto the ice. The incident occurred about one-half mile west of Road N.

    Sellers was not injured and walked back to his residence. Fire rescue workers went to his house to check on him to make sure he was not hurt.
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    Default Accident on lake kills man

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    Snowmobile accident on
    lake kills local man

    By PAULA TRACY
    Union Leader Staff

    February 25, 2003

    LACONIA, NH — A 30-year-old Lakes Region man died about 5 p.m. yesterday when the snowmobile he was riding sank in open water in the channel between Paugus Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee. Fish and Game Lt. Robert Bryant said the location where the man died is a frequent problem for the department because it is a place where snowmobilers attempt to cross open water of more than 100 yards. The practice is known as “skimming.” Two witnesses who were on different sides of the channel gave conflicting reports and Bryant said it was impossible for him to determine yet whether the man was skimming or had approached an area of ice and broke through. His identity was being withheld last night pending the notification of his family. This is the first snowmobiler fatality at the location this year, though in past years there have been others. It took a team of three divers in cold water gear and a crew in a rescue boat almost a half hour to find the body. The body was recovered at 5:26 p.m. in about two feet of water, not far from where the Polaris snowmobile lay in eight feet of water at the bottom of the channel. The snowmobile will be removed today. The scene of the fatal accident was on the Paugus Bay side of the channel near the Naswa resort in an area where there is more than 100 yards of open water. Laconia Fire Capt. Michael Drake said the rescue was a combined effort of the Weirs and Central Fire station, with help from Meredith, which offered a boat that was not used, and a number of bystanders who helped get the Laconia rescue boat over the snow pack and into the water. Fire Lt. William Drew said after the body was recovered, there were attempts at advanced life support on the shore and en route to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. Witnesses said the man appeared to have suffered some sort of head trauma. Bryant said he was declared dead at the hospital. ED

    One witness told authorities the man was not dressed for a long snowmobile outing and he had no helmet or regular snowmobile outfit. Bryant said another witness who was facing the operator as he came across said he came across the open water at a high rate of speed then lost engine power and sank a short distance from the other side. There is a section of the channel that does not freeze because of the strong current between the two large water bodies. Skimming “has really been a problem in the past here,” Drake said. Riders get going as fast as they can on the snow and ice and attempt to make it to the other side of open water. Some make it with minimal effort, Drake said. Bryant said there is no specific statute prohibiting skimming but a charge could be brought under the disorderly conduct statute. And if the machine goes in the water, there is a fine for environmental damage. “When you hit the water, it slows you significantly and then getting back on the other side requires some power,” he said. Bryant noted that anything can go wrong on open water. “You never know when you are going to have a malfunction,” he said.
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    Wednesday, March 5, 2003

    Teens plucked from ice floe
    Boys got stuck as they played hazardous game

    By Kathianne Boniello
    Poughkeepsie Journal

    HYDE PARK -- Three teenagers escaped injury Tuesday evening after they became stuck on an ice floe and began to float down the Hudson River, authorities said. Two were rescued via helicopter and the third swam to safety. Kevin Hall, 17, and Richard Buotte, 16, both of Hyde Park, and Steve Wilson, 16, of Highland, were standing on the ice near the shore at Dock Street, a private road in the Vanderbilt estate, when the ice began to break apart, a friend of the teens said.
    Buotte was not far from land when he fell in the river and swam to shore, police said. Hall and Wilson floated about a mile down the Hudson to the Rogers Point Boating Association, a private club. The two teens were more than 100 yards from shore by the time a state police helicopter was able to rescue them with large netted seats that looked like baskets.
    A friend of the three teens said playing on the ice was a regular game. ''We play on the loose icebergs,'' said Justin Connors, 16. ''We jump on it and see how long we could stand on it before it floats.'' The three were taken to St. Francis Hospital, where they were treated and released, police said. ''They've done it before,'' said Lt. Gary Bashor of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. ''They've been out there several times all winter. They were just lucky that somebody spotted them.''
    Bill and Elizabeth Ring of Hyde Park were among those who first saw Hall and Wilson. ''We were just coming in our driveway and we heard a noise out on the water and I looked and there was a person out on the ice,'' Elizabeth Ring said. The boys appeared calm and were pacing on the ice chunks, she said. ''I couldn't believe what I saw.'' Bill Ring said he followed the boys as they floated past his River Road home and toward Rogers Point, shining a flashlight on them and talking to them. ''I told them not to try to swim to shore,'' he said.
    Joe O'Neill of the Rogers Point Boating Association also saw the boys. ''A tugboat called us up and told us a kid was on the ice, floating,'' he said. ''And lo and behold another kid appeared.'' Hall and Wilson, clad similarly in jeans, sneakers and sweatshirts, appeared unscathed when they were lowered to the ground by the helicopter and put onto gurneys and into ambulances.
    A call for assistance:
    The friend, Connors, said he found out the two were in trouble when he called Hall on his cell phone. ''He said 'I'm on the ice, I'm floating in the middle of the ice,' '' Connors said. Hall asked him to bring a rope to the river for a rescue attempt. ''He didn't really sound scared.''
    Manny Chaconis, a law enforcement park ranger with the National Park Service, also spotted the pair and tried to keep track of them as the river swept them south. ''They were drifting apart, sometimes standing and squatting back down,'' he said.
    Several area rescue agencies aided in the effort to bring the teens to shore, including the Hyde Park and Roosevelt fire departments, the Hyde Park Police Department, the state police and the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, Bashor said. Diving teams from the state police and the sheriff's office were also on hand to assist in the rescue, police said.
    The U.S. Coast Guard also chipped in by alerting boaters to the teens' plight, which resulted in a tugboat locating the pair and illuminating the dark by keeping lights on the two. No charges have been filed, although Bashor said it was possible the teens' families would be charged for the cost of the helicopter use.
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    Default Crews Rescue Bird Watcher From Icy Lake

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    Crews Rescue Bird Watcher From Icy Lake

    Man Says He Didn't Realize He Had Wandered Out So Far

    March 5, 2003

    CLEVELAND -- A dramatic ice rescue occurred Wednesday morning at Wildwood State Park on the city's east side, according to NewsChannel5's Joe Pagonakis.
    Officials said that the man is OK after crews pulled him from the ice shortly before noon.
    Crews from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cleveland Fire Department and the Cleveland Police Department assisted in rescuing the man, who had wandered more than 200 feet away from shore.
    He didn't have a boat, a life jacket, a cell phone or even gloves.
    The man said he was bird watching and didn't realize he had wandered so far out.
    "I just walked out there," he said. "I was just watching birds."
    People who go to Wildwood every day saw him on the ice and knew that with all the freezing and thawing the area has had recently that the man was in a precarious situation. They called a park ranger, who immediately called police, fire, and emergency officials.
    "I just (saw) him on top of the ice," one witness said. "I reported him to the ranger, but he couldn't get him out -- that's why I called (emergency crews)."
    After crews arrived, the man was still wandering around on the ice, continuing to bird watch. Officials started calling out to the man on a bullhorn, telling him to stand still. The man said he then realized he was in a dangerous situation.
    Crews risked their lives to go out onto the ice with a boat and rescue him. They brought him back to shore safely.
    The man was taken to Euclid Hospital, where it was determined he was not injured.
    When it was confirmed he was OK, police put handcuffs on him and took him into custody. The bird watcher faced a possible charge of causing a public nuisance, but NewsChannel5 has learned that charges will likely be dropped.
    The rescue cost taxpayers more than $3,000, according to officials.
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    Default Driver is thrown into icy Mississippi River

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    Wednesday, March 5th, 2003

    Driver is thrown into icy Mississippi River
    By Todd Ruger

    LeCLAIRE, Iowa — Search crews were unable to find a man who was thrown into the icy Mississippi River from the Interstate 80 bridge when a two-vehicle accident sheared off part of his truck Wednesday morning, the Illinois State Police said..
    The frame of the truck dangled above the water on the edge of a concrete bridge wall for hours after the collision between the truck and a semitrailer occurred just before 7 a.m.
    Divers and boats from local fire departments located the wreckage in the water, but rescue and salvage efforts were called off because of the frigid conditions. Police have not yet released the identity of the man, who is presumed to have died..
    The police identified the driver of the semi as Robert E. Arent, 39, of Sayonburg, Pa. He was not injured..
    A 1986 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban was westbound on the bridge when its driver lost control and struck a semitrailer, police said. The Chevrolet then traveled onto the concrete wall at the right side of the bridge, struck an aluminum light pole and broke apart, throwing the passenger section over the wall, police said..
    Bettendorf Fire Chief Gerry Voelliger Jr. led the diving team at the scene, working in 33-degree water ranging from 12 to 20 feet deep while the wind chill factor made the 10-degree temperature feel like 6 degrees, he said..
    Divers in dry suits with fleece liners also fought “quite a bit of current” in between the bridge pillars and “four inches of visibility with a bottom that is scattered with chunks of concrete and other debris,” he said..
    “It was extreme diving. We were pushing the limits of technical diving,” he said, adding that a victim could be saved up to an hour after plunging into such cold water..
    Ron Fournier of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, said it is not easy for divers to work in the Mississippi, even though the river currents were fairly average Wednesday..
    “At the bottom, it’s just going to be mud,” he said. “You won’t be able to see much in front of your face. You have to feel around for what you’re looking for.”.
    After contacting the family of the pickup truck driver, state police Sgt. Tom Burek said they are confident there were no other occupants of the Chevrolet at the time of the accident..
    A state police news release did not mention whether the remnants of Tuesday’s snowstorm or other road conditions played a part in the accident..
    The Illinois Department of Transportation, or DOT, maintains the bridges and removes snow. DOT spokesman Chris Schwarberg said, “It was actually in fairly good shape. We had just plowed at about 6:30 (a.m.) or so.”.
    The DOT is careful about snow building up against the concrete walls of bridges and acting as a sort of ramp, but that is not a problem on the I-80 span because there is not a large enough shoulder area for snow to build up on, he said..
    “As far as our photos show, there was no snow build-up on the side of the road that would have caused a ramping effect,” he said. “We’re very cautious of that, especially on bridges.”.
    DOT workers treat the bridge with liquid salt to prevent frost whenever meteorologists predict poor driving conditions, said Richard Nelson, a maintenance technician with the DOT in Milan, Ill. “The bridges are one of the hardest things to keep clean,” he added..
    LeClaire Fire Chief Terry Rossmiller said the pavement might be dry on other parts of the interstate, but the cold air around the bridge increases the chances of frost and ice patches building up on the deck..
    The accident closed the westbound lanes of the bridge for much of the morning, but they were reopened after the truck debris was removed.
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    Default Dog rescue ends wetter than expected

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    March 7,2003

    Loves Park dog rescue ends wetter than usual
    By MIKE WISER‚ Rockford Register Star

    ROCKFORD, IL
    Loves Park — A wayward pooch on the frozen Rock River was saved by emergency workers Thursday morning, but only after some of them fell through the ice. Everyone, including the dog, was OK, although Fire Chief Phil Foley and Winnebago County Animal Services officer Duwayne Morgan plunged into the water when the ice below them gave way. The black chow fell through the ice near Martin Park, about 20 feet from shore, and was spotted by Rockford patrol officer Tammy Kuczynski around 11:30 a.m. Kuczynski tried to pull the animal to safety with a rope and bucket until Loves Park firefighters and Animal Services officers arrived. Once safe, the dog was taken to the county’s kennel and its owner contacted. Animal Services Director Michelle Sell said the owner plans to pick up the pooch today. “We heard the call come in, so I and another firefighter drove down,” Foley said while drying out in his office Thursday afternoon. “We took out our yellow extend-a-pole with two hooks and a rope in a loop attached and tried to lasso it.” Foley said everything was going fine with the rope around the chow’s neck when another emergency worker stepped on the ice where Foley was standing, about 2 feet from the shoreline. “I can’t really say who it was, but somebody came out, and it just broke,” Foley said. Foley and Morgan fell into the water and were pulled out by other responders. The dog was pulled to shore moments later. “The poor animal had been out there for who knows how long,” Foley said. The whole rescue operation took about 30 minutes. Sell said the chow doesn’t seem to have any adverse reaction to the freezing water. “The dog was dried off, and we’ll have a vet examine it. But everything appears to be fine.” Foley didn’t have any adverse reaction to the water, either. “I scuba dive,” he said. “So it wasn’t a shock.”
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    Default No trace of snowmobiles - Tracks led into water

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    Police: No trace of snowmobiles

    Tracks led into water and officials feared a rider had fallen in. Search comes up empty

    Holland, NY -- Snowmobile tracks heading into an open water section of partially frozen Lake Macatawa prompted a three-hour search Thursday that came up empty.Police, who were initially concerned a snowmobiler may have crashed through ice or sunk while trying to skim the water, confirmed that two snowmobiles had made it over about 100 feet of water before leaving the lake.Holland police Sgt. Jack Dykstra said authorities received a phone call Thursday morning that there were snowmobile tracks on the lake but it didn't look like the riders crossed over the open water and back to ice in The Narrows area of the lake.To get a better look, Holland firefighters used an extension ladder that can reach 118-feet high, but even then they could not confirm if there were tracks on the other side."There were two sets of tracks going in, but only one going out," said fire Capt. David Serrano. "We don't think it's anything, but better safe than sorry."The Allegan County Sheriff's Department Marine Division was called to assist with the department's Hovercraft, which can ride on water and ice."I think they did make it across the open water," said Allegan sheriff's Sgt. Ken Giles, who rode on the Hovercraft and estimated the opening to be about 100 feet wide. "They were too close together so they couldn't have turned around."Neighbors in the south Park Township area said they were worried last night when they heard snowmobiles on the lake."It was about 8:30 last night so it was dark, but their lights were on," said Jennie Klinger. "I saw two snowmobiles go (east) but then I couldn't see any more. I ran upstairs to look through the bedroom window but I couldn't see anything else.""You can see (the tracks) when they come in, but there is no turning-around point," said her husband, Harvey.No missing person reports was filed Thursday, police said.
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    Default 3 rescued from Lake Winnebago

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    Mar. 08, 2003

    Hovercraft return is timely

    The Post-Crescent

    OSHKOSH, WI — One day after the Oshkosh Fire Department put the newly repaired Winnebago County hovercraft back in service, it was used to rescue three people Friday night from Lake Winnebago.Lt. Mike Jones of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department said Dominic L. Horvath, 31, Oshkosh, and his two children were rescued from the ice and were brought to shore safely by the hovercraft after his vehicle started to go through the ice about a quarter-mile off shore at the mouth of the Fox River near Oshkosh.Authorities were notified about 9 p.m. Friday by a resident who saw the hazard lights on a vehicle that had driven onto the ice. A short time later, someone reported hearing someone yelling for help from out on the lake.“It just went back in service yesterday so that was handy,” said Jones. “The mouth of the river is pretty dangerous always. I don’t know why people insist on driving out there.”
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    Default Ice rescue times cut to 6 minutes

    Watertight investment

    By Lee Filas
    Daily Herald Staff Writer

    February 28, 2003

    Hypothermia can kill an average man in 22 minutes from the second he slips through a hole in the ice.
    In the past, getting from the Fox Lake firehouse to the lake itself, crawling out onto the ice and pulling someone to safety was a slow-going affair
    But now, through the use of a rescue airboat, snowmobile drivers or ice fishermen who slip into the water have a greater chance of surviving.
    The Quad 2 Rescue Airboat, resting in wait at the Fox Lake fire station on Washington Street, has been credited with saving the life of 16 people so far this year.
    The boat, purchased two years ago for under $20,000, is owned by the Northwest Lake County Fire Training Co-op, said rescue dive master Curt Martin.
    "In the old days, it used to take about 15 minutes to actually get a guy onto the ice, tethered off, and crawling out to the victim," Martin said. "Now, we can actually get to the victim in six minutes."
    The co-op is made up of six fire departments, including Fox Lake, Antioch, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Round Lake and Newport Township.
    The co-op purchased the boat through donations earned during its annual golf tournament every summer.
    Martin has spent countless hours riding on the airboat, prepared to dive into the frozen water to pull someone out.
    "It pays itself off in one rescue," he said. "What price is too much to save lives?"
    The boat is available for rescues anywhere in northern Illinois.
    Martin said the old way of rescuing victims involved dive rescuers suiting up and waiting on shore, while a brave soul walked on the ice out to the victim dragging a small red "Jon Boat" stretcher.
    The rescuer then crawled to the hole and slipped into the water, holding onto the victim, who is then pulled out via the rescue technicians on shore
    Now, the flat-bottomed, steel boat - which can travel across ice, water and swamp with the help of a big fan-like motor - pulls up to within a pole's length of the victim and drags him out.
    The large fan not only propels the boat across the water, but the sleek steel of the boat allows it to glide across water and ice.
    "In extreme cases, we still send a diver in to make sure he doesn't slip under the surface," Martin added. "But, usually, they aren't near the hypothermia point when we get to them, and they can grab the pole."
    The fastest time to getting to a victim in the past was just over 15 minutes. This year, rescuers using the airboat had a victim out of danger within a mere six minutes.
    Fox Lake assistant chief Ted Beskow said the addition of the airboat in Fox Lake has saved lives over the past two years.
    "Without a doubt it has been the greatest addition to the co-op," Beskow said. "When you can reach a person who has fallen through the ice in six minutes, you can easily call it a success."
    And, he said, saving people from hypothermia is what saves lives.
    "It's incredible," Beskow said. "And, it's been done for under $20,000. How great is that?"
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    Airboat operator rescues dog stranded 3 days on ice

    By JENNIFER FUNK
    Staff writer

    MARBLEHEAD, OH -- Airboats from Put-in-Bay have come through in the clutch twice this winter -- once for a premature baby delivery and another for a dramatic dog rescue.
    In the first instance, Margaret Couch and her husband Dennis, had to secure an emergency midnight ride from the island to Sandusky from an airboat owned by Put-in-Bay Mayor Bernard "Mack" McCann and Todd Blumensaadt. That was at the end of January, when the pregnant islander was rushed to the mainland to deliver her 4 pound, 14 ounce son, Charles Joseph, one month premature.
    In the second instance, a former Marblehead woman's puppy escaped to frolic on the ice last week and instead got stuck for three full days before he could be rescued. "They are really handy," said Joe Kostura, who initiated the dog rescue with one of his two airboats he owns for Hard Water Charters, a transportation company in the winter and fishing charter in the summer. "There are about a dozen on the island now, and at least four on the mainland that come out here now, too."
    The ordeal started for the four-month-old German shepherd/Labrador retriever mix, Deuce, on March 3 when he came home with his owner, 20-year-old Rachel Lucas, while she visited her parents on the peninsula. He ran away while playing at a neighbor's house on March 3, and though neighbor David Glovinsky kept telling Lucas he saw the pup out on the ice with binoculars, she could not spot him. That is, until Wednesday afternoon, when she finally saw a dog a mile or more off the mainland chasing his tail. "That's how I knew it was him, he's chasing his tail constantly," said Lucas from her Bowling Green home this weekend. She tried calling several different agencies, but no one would take the chance out on the ice to cultivate a rescue operation. Glovinsky even donned cold water survival equipment and tried to walk out to coax Deuce in, but the puppy was skittish and ran away from him. A worker at Catawba Veterinary, however, knew of a charter captain who owned an airboat and also was an animal-lover: Joe Kostura of Hard Water Charters. He had just finished his last trip of the day bringing people and freight to and from the island when he received the call. "I had my father-in-law with me and I said c'mon, let's go and get these people's dog," Kostura said. "It took us about an hour to find him. "You would think it would be easy to spot a black-faced, brown-bodied dog on the ice." After several passes at the dog, who shied away from the loud motor, Kostura finally was able to get him close to the airboat. "He wanted to be rescued -- he put his paws up on the side of the boat," Kostura described. "I put a box out there on the ground and he jumped onto the box and into the boat." Deuce then cowered in the hull until returned safely to the mainland, where Lucas was waiting. "I said his name, and he poked his little head out, then he just tackled me," said Lucas, who added he must have found fish and shelter out on the ice somewhere because he was neither hungry nor cold. Joe Kostura has had a busy year operating his airboats, which are based at Put-in-Bay. News Herald file said Joe Kostura, who initiated the dog rescue with one of his two airboats he owns for Hard Water Charters, a transportation company in the winter and fishing charter in the summer. "There are about a dozen on the island now, and at least four on the mainland that come out here now, too." The ordeal started for the four-month-old German shepherd/Labrador retriever mix, Deuce, on March 3 when he came home with his owner, 20-year-old Rachel Lucas, while she visited her parents on the peninsula. He ran away while playing at a neighbor's house that day, and though neighbor David Glovinsky kept telling Lucas he saw the pup out on the ice with binoculars, she could not spot him. That is until Wednesday afternoon, when she finally saw a dog a mile or more off the mainland chasing his tail. "That's how I knew it was him, he's chasing his tail constantly," said Lucas from her Bowling Green home this weekend. She tried calling several different agencies, but no one would take the chance out on the ice to cultivate a rescue operation. Glovinsky even donned cold water survival equipment and tried to walk out to coax Deuce in, but the puppy was skittish and ran away from him. A worker at Catawba Veterinary, however, knew of a charter captain who owned an airboat and also was an animal-lover: Joe Kostura of Hard Water Charters. He had just finished his last trip of the day bringing people and freight to and from the island when he received the call. "I had my father-in-law with me and I said c'mon, let's go and get these people's dog," Kostura said. "It took us about an hour to find him. "You would think it would be easy to spot a black-faced, brown-bodied dog on the ice." After several passes at the dog, who shied away from the loud motor, Kostura finally was able to get him close to the airboat. "He wanted to be rescued -- he put his paws up on the side of the boat," Kostura described. "I put a box out there on the ground and he jumped onto the box and into the boat." Deuce then cowered in the hull until returned safely to the mainland, where Lucas was waiting. "I said his name, and he poked his little head out, then he just tackled me," said Lucas, who added he must have found fish and shelter out on the ice somewhere because he was neither hungry nor cold.
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