Two Rescued from Ice on Leech Lake

Pickup gets Stuck in Ice

LEECH LAKE, Minn. – Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on January 16, 2015 at approximately 7:49AM the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle partially through the slush and ice in the area of an ice heave near Sand Point on Leech Lake.

Officers and Walker Fire Department responded and located a full size pickup stuck in the slush and ice with two parties in the bed of the pickup, uninjured, but unable to safely get away from the pickup due to thin ice.

The Walker Fire Department, using their hovercraft, successfully rescued the parties.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office urges strong caution to be used on all area lakes, even though cold temperatures have helped, ice conditions there are still many vulnerable areas around ice heaves, rivers and springs.

All ice should never be considered 100% safe.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the MN DNR reminds everyone travelling on ice about the following safety tips.

Check for known thin ice areas with a local resort or bait shop.

Test the thickness yourself using an ice chisel, ice auger or even a cordless 1/4 inch drill with a long bit.

Refrain from driving on ice whenever possible.

If you must drive a vehicle, be prepared to leave it in a hurry—keep windows down and have a simple emergency plan of action you have discussed with your passengers.

Stay away from alcoholic beverages.

Even “just a couple of beers” are enough to cause a careless error in judgment that could cost you your life.

And contrary to common belief, alcohol actually makes you colder rather than warming you up.

Don’t “overdrive” your snowmobile’s/ATV’s headlight.

At even 30 miles per hour, it can take a much longer distance to stop on ice than your headlight shines.

Many fatal snowmobile through–the–ice accidents occur because the machine was traveling too fast for the operator to stop when the headlamp illuminated the hole in the ice.

Wear a life vest under your winter gear.

Or wear one of the new flotation snowmobile suits.

And it’s a good idea to carry a pair of ice picks that may be homemade or purchased from most well stocked sporting goods stores that cater to winter anglers.

It’s amazing how difficult it can be to pull yourself back onto the surface of unbroken but wet and slippery ice while wearing a snowmobile suit weighted down with 60 lbs. of water.

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