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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.
    Fisherman survives after plunge into Houghton Lake
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    Default You gotta wonder!

    25 Dec 2003 15:08:53 GMT

    German firefighters rescue flock of seagulls

    Dec 25, 2003
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    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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    Default Who Should Pay Rescue Costs?

    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.

    http://enterprise.southofboston.com/.../opinion01.txt
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    Default Boy rescued from Domke Bay

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    Ice fisherman rescued from Domke Bay

    La Crosse Tribune
    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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    Default Divers search for driver's remains

    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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    Default Hunters missing, feared dead

    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

    The Enquirer
    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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    Campers Rescued by Airboat

    Record-setting rains flood rivers, roads

    By Marcella Fleming
    January 5, 2004

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report
    In southern Indiana, creeks and rivers rose overnight, trapping at least two couples. Indiana State Police and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers used an airboat Sunday morning to rescue a couple who'd stopped to camp Saturday on the south side of Cyprus Lake in Jackson County.

    In Brown County, Conservation Officer Jason Lee was patrolling the hills when he saw a couple stranded on the porch of their mobile home near Bean Blossom Creek, waving and holding a sign that read, "We Need Help." Lee steered his boat to them and delivered the couple and their black-and-white terrier to higher ground, where a relative picked them up.

    Some overnight snow or rain could have added to wet conditions, but officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation and Indianapolis' Public Works Department did not expect a hazardous situation by this morning. A low of 28 degrees was expected overnight and flurries are likely today.

    Crews delivered about 1,250 sandbags to two flood-prone areas of Indianapolis: Ravenswood on the Northside and Far Northside, and Frog Hollow on the Southwestside, said Kelly Duncan, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
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    Default Boating accident on Fox River

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    Geneva Fire Dept. Responds Airboat to Boating Accident
    Man recovering after speedboat accident on Fox River

    By Gala M. Pierce
    Daily Herald Staff Writer

    January 3, 2004

    St. Charles, IL -- A Geneva man is in good condition Friday after a speedboat accident Thursday that left him with broken ribs and a broken wrist.

    Because of the nice weather, Kurt Graf, 41, of 127 N. First St., Geneva, took a cruise by himself in his Stoker Tunnel Vee single-engine boat along the Fox River, according to his father, Roger Graf, of Janesville, Wis.

    The steering linkage - or the column between the motor in the back of the boat to the steering in the front - malfunctioned, causing Graf to lose control. The boat then flipped over in an area adjacent to the 2800 block of Meadow Drive in St. Charles.

    "He was able to swim to shore with one arm," said Roger Graf, who drove in town with his wife, Mary, to check on his son. The Grafs are originally from Elgin.

    A nearby witness called 911 about 3 p.m. Graf made it to shore before paramedics arrived.

    A water rescue dive team responded to the accident, including four paramedics, three firefighters and two chief officers from the St. Charles Fire Department with assistance from Geneva.

    Paramedics treated Graf at the scene and took him to Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, where he remains, according to hospital officials.

    Personnel brought the high-performance speedboat to shore with the fire department's airboat. Graf's boat was damaged on the port, or driver's, side.
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    Default Man dies trying to save buddy

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    Neb. man dies trying to save hunting buddy

    Coloradan falls through ice on lake but survives

    Denver Post

    By Kirk Mitchell
    Denver Post Staff Writer

    Sunday, January 04, 2004 -

    A Nebraska man fell through the ice and died trying to rescue a Colorado hunting buddy during a New Year's Day goose-hunting trip.

    Art Stapleton, 54, of Aurora was walking across the ice on Enders Lake in southwestern Nebraska to retrieve a goose when he broke through the ice. His friend, Bill DeHart, 55, of nearby Wauneta had a heart attack during the rescue, DeHart's family members said Saturday.

    The grandsons of the two men flagged down a passer-by who tossed Stapleton a wood chisel that he used to pull himself onto the ice and to safety, Stapleton said in a phone interview Saturday from his Aurora home.

    "There were some angels there," he said. "It could have been a lot worse."

    Stapleton said he loved his friend, and it breaks his heart that DeHart died trying to save his life.

    "He is a hero in my mind," he said. "I wish he wouldn't have come out there."

    Stapleton's grandsons, Jonathan Stapleton, 14, and Sage Stapleton, 9, risked their lives by walking out onto the ice to save Stapleton. They also fell through the ice, said 11-year-old Seth DeHart, Bill DeHart's grandson, who called 911.

    The two men took their grandsons goose hunting New Year's morning. They had placed three decoys by the edge of the water and were waiting behind a camouflaged hunting net

    At about 10 a.m., Stapleton shot a goose, which landed on the ice. Seth DeHart walked out onto the ice to get the bird, he said.

    "The boys were the hunting dogs; they were the retrievers," said Traci DeHart, one of DeHart's four children.

    She said her father had talked about getting hunting dogs but hadn't yet done so.

    "I walked out about 6 feet and turned. I got scared," Seth DeHart said. "You could see the bottom of the lake (through the ice)."

    Stapleton then walked out onto the ice, but the bird, which was still alive, moved farther out from him, Stapleton said. He tried to reach it with his rifle and crashed through, he said.

    Stapleton said the ice broke several times when he pulled himself up to his chest.

    Stapleton's grandsons tried to go out to him, but when the 9-year-old fell through the ice, Jonathan helped him out of the water, Stapleton said.

    "I'm so proud of them," he said. "They kept their heads. Jonathan was yelling at me not to give up. I didn't want to drown in front of my grandkids."

    The boys called for help on a cellphone and yelled for assistance while DeHart crawled out onto the ice toward his friend. He stretched out while lying on the ice and just as their hands touched, DeHart plunged through the ice, Stapleton said.

    They were swimming next to each other and talking strategy one minute, and then DeHart disappeared into the water, Stapleton said.

    Family members say DeHart had a heart attack.

    Two other hunters who heard the boys screaming came to help, Stapleton said. While one went for a boat, the other tossed the chisel about 40 yards. It landed within Stapleton's reach.

    "It was amazing how close it landed," Stapleton said. "Another five minutes and I would have been gone."

    He said he was so weak he could barely hang on to the ice.

    DeHart's body was recovered by divers about five hours later, Stapleton said.

    Stapleton and DeHart met five years ago when DeHart, a plumber and electrician, worked on Stapleton's cabin in southwestern Nebraska, Stapleton said. They became close friends and had gone on a few dozen hunting and camping trips together, he said.

    Seth DeHart said his grandfather was a hero.

    "We all had a part in saving lives that day," he said. "My grandpa died doing the thing he loves to do best."
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    Flood Victims Rescued by Airboat

    Record-setting rains flood rivers, roads

    By Marcella Fleming
    January 5, 2004

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report

    In southern Indiana, creeks and rivers rose overnight, trapping at least two couples. Indiana State Police and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers used an airboat Sunday morning to rescue a couple who'd stopped to camp Saturday on the south side of Cyprus Lake in Jackson County.

    In Brown County, Conservation Officer Jason Lee was patrolling the hills when he saw a couple stranded on the porch of their mobile home near Bean Blossom Creek, waving and holding a sign that read, "We Need Help." Lee steered his airboat to them and delivered the couple and their black-and-white terrier to higher ground, where a relative picked them up.

    Some overnight snow or rain could have added to wet conditions, but officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation and Indianapolis' Public Works Department did not expect a hazardous situation by this morning. A low of 28 degrees was expected overnight and flurries are likely today.

    Crews delivered about 1,250 sandbags to two flood-prone areas of Indianapolis: Ravenswood on the Northside and Far Northside, and Frog Hollow on the Southwestside, said Kelly Duncan, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
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    Default Four men rescued from ice-floe

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    January 5, 2004

    Four men safe after dramatic ice-floe rescue

    Smelt fishermen stranded in Bay of Chaleur after ice breaks off near Dalhousie

    YVON GAUVIN
    Times & Transcript Staff

    CAMPBELLTON - "I’m not going back until the bay is frozen," Philippe Boucher of Campbellton said yesterday after spending close to two hours adrift on an ice floe heading into Bay of Chaleur waters with three other stranded ice-fishing enthusiasts.

    Boucher and Gary Ratte had gone to the Pointe La Nim area a few kilometres west of Dalhousie on Saturday to fish smelts on a frozen cove when the ice they and two other men were on broke away from shore and began drifting towards open bay waters shortly after noon.

    The floe was enormous, said Boucher. He estimated the size of the frozen platform at 1,000 feet (300 metres) wide and a kilometre (two-thirds of a mile) long. The ice was 16 inches (40 centimetres) thick where they were fishing, he said. The ice broke away due to tidal action, although there were no big tides at the time, he added.

    It had happened before a number of years ago when several people ended up spending the night adrift in the gulf surrounded by frigid waters, said Boucher. That was one of the thoughts that passed through his mind while frantically searching for an escape plan.

    "I thought about dying," Boucher said.

    The two friends had been fishing from an ice shack they had brought along and were inside when the other two men, whose names were not available, approached them to say the ice had broken away at their end and they were looking for a way to cross onto the shoreline. By this time, the ice floe had separated several feet from the shore and was moving steadily away, he said.

    He briefly contemplated trying to jump/swim across but had to abandon the idea.

    Boucher said the four tried frantically to attract the attention of motorists driving near the shore and while some slowed down, only one stopped and rushed down the bank and shoreline where Boucher and others yelled for him to get help. The unidentified Good Samaritan then ran to a nearby house and called 911.

    That was about 12:30 p.m. and the four could do nothing more than wait for help. All the while, the ice floe was steadily moving away. Soon, a snowfall had all but obliterated the coastline, he said. There was panic in the air.

    They were afraid that the wind would pick up and waves would come along to break up their floating platform even more.

    "I knew we were in a big mess," he said. The two friends have been ice fishing for smelts for years without ever encountering any problem. It had even been a productive day, with 150 smelts landed.

    "I didn’t lose it, but it came close," said Boucher. "It’s a great day to be alive."

    Boucher said he intends to continue to ice-fish but this time it won’t be until the entire bay is frozen.

    Boucher thanked their unknown Good Samaritan and the Dalhousie and Campbellton firefighters who responded to the rescue call.

    The ice floe was a kilometre or more offshore and heading further into open waters towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence when the rescue operation was launched, said Campbellton RCMP Cpl. Carl Haché. The four were brought ashore at about 2 p.m.

    The Dalhousie Fire Department used its Zodiac boat for the rescue mission.

    The four were cold and frightened but none the worse for their experience, said Haché.

    Dalhousie Fire Chief Dave Adams said the stranded men were very fortunate the wind and water remained calm or else the task of rescuing them would have been much more difficult. Darkness was only a few hours away.

    "They would have been in bad shape," he said.

    The two fire departments managed to carry the 16-foot (4.8 metre) boat to the edge of the ice and into the water where three firefighters set out for the trapped people. Once there, one man used a tool to hook onto the ice floe and the others helped the trapped men into the boat for the trip back.

    The most difficult part was getting the boat and outboard motor out of the water and up onto the icy bank to the waiting emergency vehicles, Adams said.

    People shouldn’t venture onto that ice until it can thicken more and the cove freezes up completely, he said.

    The shack was discovered yesterday beached further along the shoreline
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    Default 3 Snowmobiles, 2 ATVs fall thru ice

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    Ice is thin on local lakes

    By Journal Times staff
    January 10, 2004

    Racine County, WI -- A number of outdoors people have learned the hard way that the ice on Racine County lakes is thin. On Friday night, three snowmobiles fell through the ice on Eagle Lake. On Saturday two ATVs fell through the ice.

    "We haven't had a cold enough winter to make the lakes freeze over," said Sgt. Jim Stratman of the Racine County Sheriff's Department.

    There were no injuries, he said. People have been using their machines to go out fishing on lakes; they leave the machines, which fall into the lake.

    Today's weather forecast won't help snowmobilers wanting to ride on the lakes. Today's high is projected to be near 35, and there's a 30 percent chance for rain or snow in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
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    Default Icy water rescue

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    Icy water rescue

    By JILLIAN DALEY
    The Marion Star

    PROSPECT -- A local woman's attempt to arrive at work on time took a dangerous turn when the car carrying her and her young child became stuck in icy water.

    Tauren Temple, 24, who is pregnant, disregarded the warning signs posted on a Prospect Township road and couldn't maneuver through a flooded portion of Prospect-Upper Sandusky Road just north of Ohio 4.

    Temple, of 3019 Ruth Road, was driving south with her son, Chad, who will be 2 in March, at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The road, which runs parallel to the Scioto River, is marked with high-water signs and closed-road barricades on the north and south ends.

    Temple was late for work, so after passing the barricade she attempted to go through the water that had collected on Prospect-Upper Sandusky Road, said Trooper Jala C. O'Dowd of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marion Post, who was on the scene at 9:54 a.m.

    "She thought she could make it through, got stuck in the ice and then backed off the right side of the road into a ditch," O'Dowd said.

    Authorities freed Temple and her child from the vehicle within a few minutes. She was wearing a seat belt and her son was buckled into a child restraint seat in the mauve, four-door, 1999 Ford Taurus.

    The air bag was not deployed. She and her son were transported to Marion General Hospital for possible injuries and were released. Water damaged the interior and engine, and the vehicle is insured, said O'Dowd.

    Temple called her mother and 9-1-1 on her cell phone at about 9:47 a.m. An emergency medical service unit from Battle Run Fire Department provided transport to the hospital. Jack Kirby from Kirby Auto Parts of Richwood towed the vehicle from the water.

    It was the second incident reported in the area involving a motorist stranded in water caused by flooding from the weekend's heavy rains.

    Early Tuesday, a woman and her teenage son were commuting to Delaware when they missed the high-water signs due to the darkness.

    Their car stalled in 2 feet of water pooled on Espyville Road west of Marion, and they needed to be rescued by Marion County Sheriff's deputies. They were not injured.

    "Driving around a barricade into icy water can cause your vehicle to stall; you can be stranded," said Chief Deputy Tim Bailey of the sheriff's office.

    "It can be very difficult for us to get to you. It can be very dangerous in terms of exposure to your body - I'm talking about hypothermia (a condition in which the body temperature drops below normal).

    "Drive with care. Honor the barricades. Take a little more time to get to your destination."

    Sheriff's deputies controlled traffic at the incident, and a county official echoed the sentiment promoting safety made by Bailey.

    "Why would you put yourself in harm's way?" said Dave Kearns, highway superintendent of the Marion County Engineers Department.

    Reporter Jillian Daley: 740-375-5152 or
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    Default Snowmobile plunges through ice

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    Snowmobile plunges through ice

    1/9/2004
    Ryan Peterson

    Pittsfield, NY -- A local man is alive today because of his friends' quick thinking.
    "If it wasn't for them, I absolutely wouldn't be here today."

    That's 27-year-old Joe Potash recalling the actions of three friends who were able to pluck him out of the frigid water of Onota Lake Thursday night, after he tried to speed over a section of thin ice.

    Potash said, "We expected to go fast across it, made the mistake of slowing down a little bit and the ice broke through, sunk straight down."

    According to Fire Department officials, Potash owes his life to the quick actions of his three friends.

    Deputy Chief Keith Phillips said, "After about 10 minutes, 15 minutes tops, you're just so cold that you're unable to help yourself anymore. Self rescue is not an option. Without someone there to help you, you're in big trouble."

    Potash said, "Nelson Orsini, Chris Flood and Bob Herforth. Chris went to get help and called 911. Nelson and Bob stayed right on the edge of the ice, with me the whole time, cheering me on. They're the two that dragged me out of the water and got me to the ambulance."

    Joe was very lucky. Because of the quick thinking of his three friends, they got him to shore to the waiting ambulance at the Controy Pavilion on the shores of Onota Lake. They got him to the hospital where they warmed him up and gave him a clean bill of health. But Joe, along with the Pittsfield Fire Department, is warning everybody: Because of the cold weather, don't think everything is completely frozen over just yet.
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    Default Truck plunges through ice

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    PICKUP PULLED OUT OF LAKE

    Crow Wing County, MN -- On Dec. 27 a lightweight Ford Ranger broke through four inches of Mille Lacs Lake ice and sank 18 feet. The driver of the truck was Jim Neshiem of Corcoran. He had a trailer parked at Castaways Resort on the northeast side of the lake. Staricha was called to pull the truck out.

    Staricha said he understood the driver did have a resort road pass but wasn’t paying attention when he drove onto thin ice. Luckily there were no injuries.

    On Dec. 30, Staricha was able to pull the 3,600-pound vehicle to the surface. The task took two underwater divers, including Staricha, and three other men to assist with the tow. After six hours of work, the vehicle was removed from the lake.

    Staricha said divers are needed to swim down into the icy water to hook up chains and pulleys to sunken vehicles. “First, I dive into the cold water and then I get out and work up a sweat and then go back in the water. It’s not easy,” he said.

    COSTS FOR SINKING
    The cost of towing and repairing a vehicle that’s taken a plunge may be covered by one’s insurance. Karen Tramm of Lakeside Insurance in Isle said, “How much is paid by the insurance company depends on the policy and any deductible, of course.”

    Tim Lightner of West Brainerd Auto Service, an authorized AAA service station, said the cost of towing a vehicle out of a lake is not covered by AAA’s roadside assistance program.

    The fee charged by Staricha to pull a vehicle out varies. To pull the Ford Ranger out, Staricha charged the owner $1,800. He said he retrieved a snowmobile a few days earlier for $200. But Staricha has had to charge as much as $3,500 to recover a sunken vehicle.

    “It all depends on the job — how deep the water is, how many people I have to pay to help, divers. All that changes each time,” he said.

    Issue date: January 7, 2004. ©Mille Lacs Messenger Inc.
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    Default Man fished out of lake survives

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    Friend fishes man out
    of lake

    By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff
    January 8, 2004


    WAUKESHA, WI - A Mukwonago man showed up to retrieve his snowmobile just as a dive team was preparing to enter Eagle Spring Lake to search a site where snowmobile tracks led to a hole in the ice Wednesday.

    Emergency personnel said they feared someone my have fallen into the open water on Eagle Springs Lake on Wednesday. It was later discovered that someone had fallen in, but a companion pulled him from the lake.

    Jeffrey Pergowski and his friend, Jeffrey Conn, of the town of Eagle, arrived on the scene as investigators were preparing to search the icy lake for signs of someone who apparently fell through the ice early Wednesday morning, said Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson. The men apparently returned to retrieve the sunken snowmobile.

    The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate the scene after someone walking on the lake reported seeing a helmet and gloves on the lake, about 30 yards away from where snowmobile tracks led to a hole in the ice, Pederson said. He added that a lake resident reported snowmobile activity on the lake at around 3 a.m. which stopped suddenly.

    Pederson said there were no reports of someone missing or of someone seeing anyone fall through the ice. A dive team was preparing to enter the lake and a hovercraft was en route from City of Pewaukee to assist in the search when the case was solved.

    Pederson said it appeared that Pergowski fell through the ice and Conn took off his hat and gloves to bail his friend out of about six feet of water. They then went to Conn’s.

    "What they didn’t do was call anybody and tell someone this had happened," Pederson said.

    Repeated attempts to reach Pergowski Wednesday were unsuccessful. Conn’s number was unlisted.

    Pederson said people should call the authorities to report any incident on ice, so that similar false alarms can be avoided in the future. He added that anyone going out on ice over spring-fed lakes like Eagle Spring Lake should be aware that the lakes are spring-fed and there may be spots where the ice is very thin or none exists at all.
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