CROSSLAKE — Turner Towing personnel lifted a submerged utility terrain vehicle Monday, Jan. 18, that broke through Daggett Channel in Crosslake on Saturday.
Two people in a side-by-side Polaris Ranger UTV dropped through thin ice while heading toward their fishing spot, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office reported. One of the people was able to slide up on the ice while the other remained in the cold water before firefighters from the Crosslake Fire Department responded to rescue them.
Richard Deblack, a neighbor who lives on the channel, watched as crews removed the vehicle Monday. On the day of the incident, he said his wife noticed the vehicle through the ice and alerted him to head for the scene to help.
During the fire department rescue, a person from the Crosslake Fire Department in a survival suit fell through the ice helping pull one of the people to shore.
With warmer than normal temperatures, along with the recent wet snow and rain, the ice conditions appear to have deteriorated in various locations on area lakes, the sheriff’s office reported. Sheriff Scott Goddard reminded the public to use extreme caution when taking part in recreational activities on area lakes.