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    Default Man drowns as skimmer breaks through ice

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    Dec. 21, 2003

    Man drowns as skimmer breaks through ice

    By Andy Nelesen

    Green Bay, WI
    SEVASTOPOL — A 39-year-old Fish Creek man drowned Saturday after his ice boat broke through the frozen surface of Clark Lake in Sevastopol.

    Door County Medical Examiner Al Klimek said John Redman went out on the lake about 11 a.m. and was spotted in the water by an ice fisherman about 2 p.m., Klimek said.

    Redman’s skimmer broke through the ice and he was in the water waving his arms to attract attention.

    The fisherman ran to shore to summon help, but by the time he reached land and looked back, Redman was beneath the water’s surface.

    Authorities recovered Redman’s body about 4:20 p.m. Klimek said rescue crews did not attempt resuscitation because of how long Redman was in the water.

    “He was down more than two hours,” Klimek said. “If we can get to them in that first hour, they have a chance. But two hours is just too long.”

    Klimek said he does not plan to do an autopsy on Redman, but does expect to conduct an external examination and routine toxicology screens.

    Klimek said that ice covered most of the lake, but noted there are still large patches of open water and thin ice.
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    9 snowmobilers crash through ice

    Monday, December 22, 2003

    WEARE, NH - Several snowmobilers went through the ice at Clough State Park in Weare Saturday, and one of the nine barely made it out alive.

    Nick Amerena of Londonderry said he, a cousin and a friend crashed through the ice on a flooded part of the snowmobiling trail about 10:30 Saturday morning.

    Amerena and his cousin escaped the freezing water, but their friend was in the water for more than an hour before rescuers got him out. Another snowmobiler who tried to help also went through the ice and was treated by an ambulance crew at the scene.

    The man, whose name was not released, was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and treated for severe hypothermia.

    Several hours later, five snow machines went through the ice in the same area as the earlier incident.

    All five managed to get out of the water on their own before rescuers arrived, and were treated at the scene, an official said.

    Fish and Game Conservation officer Todd Szewczyk said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the park, was going to block off the snowmobile trail where the accidents happened until flood waters recede. He said that area is not normally under water, but the heavy rains earlier last week had flooded the trails.

    The five were treated for mild hypothermia by rescue crews at the scene.

    Szewczyk said ice conditions are treacherous due to the mild weather and high water. "Conditions are bad for riding snow machines or walking on ice at this point," he said.

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    Default Fisherman drowns after fall through ice

    Fisherman drowns after fall through ice

    Monday, December 22, 2003

    By John Agar
    The Grand Rapids Press

    FENNVILLE, MI -- As ice started forming on area lakes, Fennville outdoorsman Larry Neal Bright could hardly wait to go fishing.

    "He was so excited," his wife, Darlene, said today.

    "He said by Christmas, he would be out on the ice. But he should have waited."

    Her husband died Sunday afternoon when he fell through thin ice on Emerson Lake in Allegan County's Trowbridge Township.

    A resident called 911 after spotting ice-fishing equipment on the lake but no one around. Sheriff's deputies then located an unoccupied pickup near the lake. The sheriff's dive/rescue team responded with Allegan firefighters and found the victim in 8 feet of water, about 60 yards from shore.

    Bright, 54, who had left his home to go fishing around 2 p.m., was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:20 p.m.

    Bright worked at Hart &Cooley Inc. in Holland.

    He and his wife had been married 33 years. They had three sons, Richard, Jayson and Craig, and three granddaughters whom he adored, his wife said. She is

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    glad they recently gathered for an early Christmas at a sister's home in Fennville.

    Bright's passion was the outdoors. His family, which includes five sisters, moved to Fennville when he was a boy. He loved the area, and he hunted and fished every chance he got. It was a life he shared with his boys.

    "He loved it -- he loved fishing and hunting. It was his life," she said.

    He liked to take his granddaughters fishing.

    "They liked to go out on the boat, spend time with him. He was always so glad to have them come see him, to spend time with Grandpa. He will be missed, for sure."

    Darlene Bright took comfort in knowing her husband died doing something he loved. But she always worried, especially early in the year when the ice can be unstable. That morning, her husband fished at Scott Lake and said the ice was fine.

    But the ice probably started deteriorating with temperatures above freezing, she said.

    Bright said once her husband decided to go out on the ice, not much would stop him. "He was just so excited about being out there."

    Todd Skinner, owner of Outdoor Fanatics, just outside Allegan, said the first and last ice are always dangerous. He has seen many ice angler out already and said safety should be the first concern.

    He advises those heading onto area lakes to carry equipment to check the ice in front of them, and always have a partner.

    Skinner said he does not fish if others are not already out on the ice.

    The ice on area lakes has ranged from 2 to 3 1/2 inches, but it should be considered unsafe until at least later this week, when colder temperatures are expected, Skinner said.

    "They have been fishing Gun Lake in the channels about a week, but a few people have popped through the ice, too."

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    Neighbor lends helping hand, sled to rescuers

    Monday, December 22, 2003

    FITCHBURG, MA -- An Ashburnham Hill resident used his tractor and sled to help rescue an injured snowmobile driver Saturday.

    At 2:38 p.m. the Fire Department received a call reporting Karen Lielasus had hit a tree with her snowmobile and was stranded 100 to 125 feet into the woods, said Deputy Fire Chief James Belliveau.

    Snowmobilers pinpointed the woman's location, and rescue workers walked to her and secured her on a backboard, but transporting the woman was still a problem until a neighbor arrived.

    Norman Hertel said he was out for a walk with his wife, Evelyne, at about 3 p.m. when he saw rescue workers in the woods near his home.

    Hertel hitched a toboggan to his tractor and brought the woman out of the woods and across an icy field to the ambulance.

    The woman, whose residence is unknown, was transported to HealthAlliance Hospital/Leominster with unknown injuries.

    "She was conscious and alert," Belliveau said.

    Hertel was humble about his good deed and gave credit to the rescue workers.

    "I just went out and helped out a little," Hertel said. "That's what neighbors are for."

    Belliveau said Hertel's contribution saved precious time and energy and provided a safer option for the victim and the rescue workers.

    "That was a great help back there," Belliveau said. "The field was all covered with ice."

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    Troy woman rescued from icy waters

    December 21, 2003

    JOHN MICHALAK

    TROY, MI - Rescue workers saved a 50-year-old Troy woman Friday afternoon after she plunged through thin ice on Lake Sylvan where her dog fell into the water about 30 feet from shore.

    "She was able to hold on to the edge of the ice calling for help," said Troy Police Sgt. William Avery of the victim, Deborah Jeffers. "Police and fire arrived and officers were able to throw her a rope and pull her in. She was conscious all the time and it appears she was in the water 15 to 20 minutes."

    Jeffers managed to save her golden retriever which ran to the shore as she called for help, Avery added.

    Paramedics cared for Jeffers who was taken to William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The victim's two dogs were kept briefly at the city's animal shelter while she was being treated, Avery said.

    Jeffers was walking her two dogs on the west side of the lake located near Rochester Road between Long Lake and Square Lake Roads when one of the animals ventured out on the ice, Avery said.

    "The dog fell through and she tried to rescue it," Avery said. "She got the dog out but fell through herself. The ice was about 1/2-inch thick."

    Other persons were at the lake, which has public access and some tables, and called police, Avery said.

    Avery cautioned people to stay off lake ice at this time of the year because temperatures haven't been cold enough to freeze surfaces to sufficient thicknesses.

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    Default Witnesses watch man drown beneath ice

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    Drowning victim was well-known local musician

    Witnesses told County sheriff's deputies they saw Redmann waving for help. By the time a rescue effort was organized, it became apparent to observers that the mission would be a recovery effort.

    By Joe Knaapen
    For The News-Chronicle

    An iceboating accident took the life of regionally well-known singer John Redmann.

    Known for his renditions as "Elroy Booze" of the Booze Brothers, Redmann apparently drowned while enjoying one of his hobbies in northern Door County.

    The accident occurred several hundred feet offshore from the town boat ramp, located at the east end of Townline Road, where the Lama Wama Ice Boat Squadron had set up its bus and base for a day of iceboat sailing. Redmann had gone out in his skimmer about 11 a.m.

    A fisherman and some members of the Lama Wama group told Door County sheriff's deputies they saw Redmann waving for help. By the time a rescue effort was organized, it became apparent to observers on the shore that the mission would be a recovery effort.

    The alert transmitted by the Door County Communications Center resulted in responses from several agencies. The Jacksonport Fire Department responded with an inflatable boat. The first Sturgeon Bay Fire Department crew arrived equipped with ice rescue suits and was followed quickly by a truck full of men and equipment designed for ice and water rescues. The equipment included an inflatable raft and underwater television monitors.

    Bob LaViolette, a certified diver and assistant chief of the Southern Door Fire Department, performed the dive that led to the recovery of Redmann's body. He was assisted by deputies who operated a hovercraft belonging to the Sheriff's Department.

    Visibility was limited to 3-4 feet in what LaViolette described as murky water, where the silt was stirred up by current. He was in the water just seven minutes before finding the body at a depth of 15 feet. The recovery came nearly two hours after the accident was reported.

    "It was just tragic," LaViolette said, "especially at this time of year."

    The tragic nature of the accident aside, LaViolette - who is also the Advocate's plant manager - said that "it was amazing how well the agencies worked together" without any practice or drill.

    Participating in the recovery work were members of the Door County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Services Department; Jacksonport, Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door fire departments; the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and U.S. Coast Guard. The Eagle III helicopter based in Green Bay was called when there appeared to be a chance of a rescue, but later was canceled.
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    Default Rescuer Dies Trying To Save Boy In Ocean

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    Rescuer Dies Trying To Save Boy In Ocean

    December 22, 2003

    By KOMO Staff & News Services

    SEATTLE, WA - A Bandon police reserve officer died Monday trying to rescue a Washington state teen who had been pulled into the ocean.

    Emergency medical technicians and onlookers tried and failed to save the officer, 51-year-old Russell Simpson, after he was swept into the surf. Simpson was assisting other rescue personnel who were tied together in a rope chain trying to reach the boy.

    Zed Leaf, 13, of Maple Valley, Wash., was rescued after he climbed into a basket lowered by a Coast Guard helicopter, according to Coast Guard spokesman Stephen Kemp. Leaf was treated for mild hypothermia at a Bandon hospital and released.

    Simpson was one of five full-time officers in Bandon. He moved to the coastal city in 1997, after retiring from the Los Angeles Fire Department. He went to work for the city as code enforcement officer in 1999.

    A family member said the boy had been walking his dog on the beach, when his older brother heard his calls for help.
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    Default Fisherman survives after plunge through ice

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    Fisherman survives after plunge into Houghton Lake

    December 24, 2003

    Houghton Lake, MI -- A St. Helen fisherman survived after spending 30 to 45 minutes in the icy water of Houghton Lake Dec. 13.

    Daniel A. Nagy, 50, 2360 South Maple Valley Road, told Roscommon County Sheriff’s deputies he had been fishing about 3/4 mile offshore from Townline Road in Denton Township. At about 7 p.m., he was following a pressure crack to shore when he fell through the ice. He said he could not touch bottom and did not have the strength to pull himself back onto the ice.

    James J. Halligan, 43, Grand Blanc, came to Nagy’s aid, but could not pull Nagy onto the ice. When deputies arrived at the public access site on Townline Road, Halligan called to them to direct them to Nagy, about 75 yards offshore. Deputy Jeffrey Greiser went onto the ice and found Nagy had dug his keys into the ice to hold him up. Greiser and Halligan pulled him out of the water and walked him to shore, where Denton Township emergency medical personnel treated Nagy for hypothermia. EMS personnel told deputies Nagy’s body temperature was 90.3 degrees and that the lake was five to six feet deep where Nagy fell through.
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    Default You gotta wonder!

    25 Dec 2003 15:08:53 GMT

    German firefighters rescue flock of seagulls

    Dec 25, 2003
    Reuters

    MUNICH, Germany, - Munich firefighters were called out on Christmas day to rescue a flock of seagulls that got stuck when a lake near the city's Olympic stadium froze over.

    "They didn't notice it was getting colder and their tails got frozen stuck," a fire brigade spokesman said on Thursday. "We were able to help most wiggle free but one bird was so stuck so we had to cut out the whole chunk of ice and take the whole thing back to the station."
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    Default Man rescued from Diamond Lake

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    Man rescued from Diamond Lake

    Pioneer Press

    BY MARLENE HUNT
    STAFF WRITER
    December 25, 2003

    Mundelein, IL -- A middle-age man was rescued Friday from Diamond Lake after becoming stranded on a chunk of ice about 300 feet off shore.

    Mundelein and Countryside Fire Departments responded to a call at 3:47 p.m. after the caller observed a man who had fallen through the ice.

    According to Mundelein Fire Chief Randy Justus, the man got into trouble after he went out on the ice with a recreational type sail-type boat equipped with runners. "He ran into a flock of geese and then to avoid the birds turned the boat into the open water," he said.

    Firefighter paramedics arrived on the scene with two special water crafts designed for water rescue. Countryside responded with a special air-boat designed to float on a cushion of air above any surface. Mundelein brought along its Zodiac boat, which is an unsinkable craft made of a rubberized material.

    "After the man was removed from the water and taken inside an ambulance to warm up, our teams spent the next hour and half working to get his boat out of the water. "The sail was up and it was like dragging an anchor across the muddy lake," Justus said. "But it was the right thing to do at that time because we did not want it to become what is called an attractive nuisance - or an object that would cause youngsters to become curious enough to check it out."

    SAFETY WARNING

    Justus said people should take great care when venturing out onto a lake or other water body for fishing or ice sports and make sure all family members understand the dangers.

    "People make mistakes in judgment all the time. When a lake isn't frozen over, people should not go out on a lake or pond," he said.

    "People don't necessarily die from drowning, but hypothermia," Justus explained. "Hypothermia will set in very quickly and the cold water temperature will just suck the heat out and the individual will lose consciousness."

    Fortunately the rescue mission turned out well. "Once he warmed up he was very appreciative of all of our efforts," Justus said.
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    Careless hunters should foot bill for rescue effort

    The Enterprise

    December 23, 2003

    Bridgewater, MA -- If ever there was a case for charging hunters whose recklessness leads to publicly funded search-and-rescue missions, it is the case of Michael Hill.

    The 49-year-old Brockton man triggered an all-day effort in Bridgewater a week ago Monday that officials estimated will cost taxpayers $22,000 — including a $15,834 ride on a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter — and involved firefighters from seven area communities along with state, environmental and local police.

    Hill was alone (mistake No. 1), tracking a deer he had shot off Lakeview Drive just north of Route 104, and began wading through icy marsh waters that at times were neckdeep (mistake No. 2). When he realized he was in trouble, he called for help on his cell phone, sparking a search that involved an airboat, an all-terrain vehicle, a hover craft and a German shepherd named Gorby.

    In the end, a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter had to be called in to pull the rescuers, Gorby and Hill out of the woods on a cable-hoisted stretcher.

    During the course of events, Bridgewater's rescue boat got stuck, so Halifax sent its hover craft in. That got stuck, forcing Middleboro to send a third boat in to tow the other two out.

    "I'd love to send him the bill," Bridgewater Fire Chief Roderick Walsh joked last week.

    That's not a joke. That's a good idea.

    Four years ago, the N.H. Fish and Game Department adopted a policy under which hikers who aren't prepared for the extremes of New Hampshire's terrain and weather can be billed for the cost of any rescue efforts that are required. California has a similar law. Factors considered include whether the hiker's lack of reasonable skills or judgment resulted in the need for a rescue. Money collected is used for training and to buy search-and-rescue equipment.

    The cost of Hill's rescue should be reason enough for this state to consider a similar approach here, regardless of whether it's hikers, hunters or surfers whose recklessness puts others in danger.

    The added benefit is it might make people like Hill realize a cell phone is not a free insurance policy.

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    Default Boy rescued from Domke Bay

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    Ice fisherman rescued from Domke Bay

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    By STEVE CAHALAN / Tribune

    December 29, 2003

    La Crosse, WI -- A 16-year-old ice fisherman was rescued Sunday afternoon after he fell through thin ice on Domke Bay along the Black River, south of Lauderdale Place and west of the Nutbush City Limits restaurant and bar.

    A La Crosse Fire Department captain and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official said area fishermen should use extreme caution because warm weather and drizzle have caused ice to melt in the past few days.

    La Crosse County emergency dispatchers received a phone call at 1:38 p.m. from someone at a Lauderdale Court residence who said an ice fisherman had fallen through.

    A La Crosse Area Dive Rescue team pushed a nearby boat onto the ice and rescued the Holmen youth, who had been in the water for five to 10 minutes, said La Crosse Fire Department Capt. Mark Mueller.

    Mueller declined to give the youth's name because he is a minor, but said he was treated at the scene and released.

    "The ice is deteriorating pretty fast right now, with the warm weather, the wind and the sun," Mueller said. "Plus, we had a certain amount of drizzle and rain. The ice is very unsafe at this time."

    Mueller said he recommends ice fishermen use extreme caution if they're determined to go fishing. "I'm an ice fisherman myself," he added. "If it was me, I'd wait until we got some more cold weather before I went out. There's a lot of open water."

    The Holmen youth "is very lucky," said Steve Dewald, Wisconsin DNR warden supervisor for the La Crosse area, when told of the incident.

    Ice in the La Crosse area ranges from zero to about 6 inches thick, and has become thinner with warm weather, Dewald said. Ice is thinnest where there is a current below, he said.

    "I would stick to shallow-water areas and not go out on ice by yourself," Dewald said, when asked for advice for ice fishermen. He also recommended wearing a life jacket.

    "A few people have driven vehicles out onto the ice" this winter, Dewald said. "I'd totally recommend against doing that."

    Dewald said ice conditions will not improve dramatically until temperatures drop to the single digits or below zero.
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    Default Divers suffer hypothermia searching for body parts

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    Divers suffer hypothermia searching for body parts

    By LEON BOGDAN
    Press Enterprise Writer

    December 30, 2003
    Bloomsburg, PA -- In all, nine dive team members from Sunbury and two from Shamokin Dam joined in the water search.

    One unidentified diver from Sunbury was treated for hypothermia after
    emerging from a shift in the water, while two others complained of cold and windy conditions before the search was stopped, said Chip Coffman, the Bloomsburg mayor and town emergency coordinator.

    Authorities summoned a hovercraft purchased by Berwick rescue officials, but that vehicle would not start and never joined the search.

    Partial remains of the victim were taken to Bloomsburg Hospital for further tests, officials said. Chief Deputy Coroner Linda Kessler said she was unable to make an official pronouncement of death, however, until more body parts are recovered.

    Columbia County's incoming coroner, Dr. Lori Metrishyn, was also summoned to the accident, although she will not be sworn into office until Monday.
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    Divers search for driver's remains

    By LEON BOGDAN
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    BLOOMSBURG, PA — Divers could find only partial remains of a driver's body in Fishing Creek after a car smashed into a tree and stone marker and plunged into the swollen stream about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

    Authorities believe 19-year-old Jonathan Gillespie of Church Street in Espy was traveling more than 80 mph when his Honda Civic missed a sharp curve on Fort McClure Boulevard and broke up in fragments on impact.

    Officials said they cannot positively identify the victim until they recover more remains, but police confirmed that Gillespie's family was notified of the accident after the vehicle's registration was traced to their son. An uncle was present at the crash site and was briefed by police.

    Investigators learned that Gillespie had a fight with a girlfriend Monday evening, Bloomsburg Sgt. David Edgar said.

    Authorities say the teenager was last seen eating breakfast at Denny's Restaurant near Lightstreet shortly before the accident. He was alone in the car, they said.

    A resident about a mile away in Montour Township heard the impact and a loud crash moments after hearing the sound of a roaring engine, said Bloomsburg Police Lt. Joseph Wondoloski.

    Dive teams did not recover human remains in the water until nearly seven hours after the crash.

    Further search efforts were called off due to the dangers divers faced from increasing winds and currents in the cold water.

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    Default Man survives falls through ice

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    Man falls through ice on Lake Koronis

    By Michael Jacobson
    December 31, 2003

    On Monday, Dec. 29, at 6:04 p.m., sheriff deputies responded to an accident on Lake Koronis. An Iowa man fell into the water while driving his ATV to shore near Stone Gate Lodge. His ATV went into the water about 150 yards from shore.
    The 62-year-old man was able to pull himself out of the water.

    The Stearns County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Paynesville Police Department, the Paynesville Fire and Rescue, and the Paynesville Ambulance.

    The man was treated and released from the Paynesville Area Hospital.
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    Officials: There's no such thing as safe ice

    12 snowmobilers fall through ice

    Concord Monitor

    By REBECCA TSAROS DICKSON
    Monitor staff

    December 31, 2003

    Concord, New Hampshire -- So far, 12 snowmobilers have fallen through thin ice in central New Hampshire.

    In Farmington, a couple went through ice on a trail near Ridge Road. In Weare, nine snowmobilers fell through at Clough State Park; one barely made it out alive. And on Sunday, another fell through near Opechee Point while "skimming," or riding the machine across open water. He left before the police and fire departments arrived.

    On Monday, folks at Fathom Divers in Laconia charged him $350 to fetch the machine from the depths of Lake Winnipesaukee. (That's cheap, according to local shops, which charge anywhere from $500 to $1,500.)

    The expense could be the least of the snowmobiler's worries: If local authorities catch up to him, he could be charged with reckless conduct, a Class B misdemeanor. The charge applies to any person who knowingly creates a hazardous condition for himself or herself or others in a public area.

    "A snow machine is not a boat, and it's not designed to travel on open water," said Sgt. Bruce Bonenfant of Fish and Game.

    But so many snowmobilers skim, the department is asking legislators to create a new law to make it illegal. The proposal would basically make it easier for prosecutors, officials said.
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    Default Men escape truck that fell through ice

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    Minnesotans escape truck that fell through ice

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    January 1, 2004

    SPICER, Minn. -- Two Spicer residents are OK after their pickup truck went through the ice on Norway Lake on New Year's Eve.

    Authorities say Greg and Kim Johnson were traveling on the west side of the lake just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when the truck broke through the ice.

    Someone living near the lake called the sheriff's office, which dispatched the ice rescue team.

    The Johnsons were able to escape the truck just before the front end sank.
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    2 hunters missing, feared dead

    By GREG COFFEY
    The Intelligencer
    January 1, 2033

    HAYCOCK, PA - Two Philadelphia hunters are missing and presumed to have drowned in the frigid waters of Lake Nockamixon.

    A massive search involving more than 100 firefighters, emergency services personnel and others from as far away as Philadelphia was conducted Wednesday in an effort to find Ruben Comacho, 23, and Ramon Valentine, 19.

    But by 5 p.m., after six hours of searching, the two hunters had not been found.

    Officials halted the search of the lake because of darkness, but the banks of the lake will continue to be searched throughout the night, said Michael Crowley, assistant manager of Nockamixon State Park in Haycock.

    The search is being coordinated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction over state parks.

    The search began at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, about one hour after the hunters' canoe was discovered, which was at about the same time family members called state police to say Comacho and Valentine had not returned from their trip.

    More than 100 rescue workers participated in the search.

    A team of rescue workers donned survival gear and walked through shallow water along the banks of the lake, while police used dogs to search the shore and the woods nearby. When that failed, the Point Pleasant Fire Department was called in with their airboat and divers searched the lake. Dogs were also used to sniff above the water for signs of bodies, again finding nothing.

    Rescue workers on foot and in an airaboat focused on an area a few hundred yards from the state park's marina, which is located near Route 563 and Schoolhouse Road.

    Officials have no solid clues as to what happened to the hunters. However, after a day of searching, Crowley said it's likely they won't be found alive.

    "They probably shot a duck, went out to get it and fell over," he said, and stressed he was speculating. "Or tomorrow, we'll find some new information that will change everything."

    It's not likely the hunters left the park willingly because a car belonging to one of them was found in the parking lot Wednesday. However, Crowley said no signs of foul play were discovered during the search.

    If the hunters fell into the water, they probably wouldn't have been able to survive long in the frigid water, which was about 42 degrees Wednesday. A strong wind, which whipped through the area Tuesday, made the water choppy, although no whitecaps were present, and could have played a role in an accident, Crowley said.

    The lake covers about 1,400 acres of the 5,200-acre state park and is 90 feet deep in some areas, but only about 40 feet deep where the hunters' equipment was found, Crowley said.

    Officials believe they know where the hunters set up camp before they disappeared because searchers found a firearm, a box and bag of shotgun shells, duck decoys, a duck blind, and the hunters' canoe, Crowley said. The 15-foot plastic canoe was not damaged, but was partially filled with water.

    Ducks that make the lake their home generally fly out in the morning then fly back in the afternoon. Because Comacho and Valentine were last seen at the lake on Tuesday at about noon, Crowley said it's likely they were preparing for the ducks to return.

    About five family members and a few friends arrived at the park just as darkness fell. Although they gave the names of the missing hunters, they would not say any more.

    Crowley said the search, which will resume this morning, will continue each day until the hunters are found. If the hunters have drowned and divers can't find them, it could take as long as two weeks for the bodies to surface, he said.

    Rescue departments that participated in the search included the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Community Fire Co. of Riegelsville, the Haycock Fire Department and Volunteer Medical Service Corps, of Lansdale. North Penn Goodwill provided food and coffee to rescue workers.
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    New Year's Eve canoe accident leaves one man dead

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    January 2, 2004

    SHERWOOD, MI -- A 48-year-old Sherwood man drowned late Wednesday after a canoe he was in broke through the ice on the St. Joseph River and capsized, sending him and a passenger into the frigid water about 10:56 p.m.

    Douglas Prothe was pronounced dead at Battle Creek Health System after he had been transported there by LifeCare Ambulance. After a 50-minute search, Branch County Sheriff's divers found Prothe under solid ice near the shore, about 15 feet from where he was last seen.

    With Prothe in the canoe was Cindy Rogers, 31, of Burr Oak. She was recovered in 10 feet of water near the broken ice after a 19-minute search by Sherwood Township and Union City firefighters using ice rescue gear. She was flown to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where she was in critical condition Thursday evening, according to the hospital.

    As of Thursday afternoon, deputies were still investigating the incident. It's unclear why Prothe and Rogers were in the canoe on the frozen river after dark on New Year's Eve. When the boat capsized, the pair yelled for help. Nearby residents on Arney Road heard their cries, but were unable to reach them.
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    Default Man rescued from floating ice by airboat

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    Rescuers reach fisherman on floating ice by airboat

    Jan. 02, 2004

    FOND DU LAC, WI — An ice fisherman on Lake Winnebago found himself surrounded by open water Thursday after winds caused ice to break up and separate.

    Thomas Alfson, 45, of Valders, was three-tenths of a mile out on the ice on the west side of the lake near the Fond du Lac/Winnebago county line when he found himself on a floating island of frozen water Witnesses called for help.

    Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded. Deputies used the county’s emergency rescue wind sled airboat to reach the floating ice and rescue Alfson, who was unharmed.

    One firefighter was treated for exhaustion after the rescue at St. Agnes Hospital.
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