CROSSLAKE — Authorities assisted two people to shore Saturday, Jan. 16, after their utility terrain vehicle broke through the ice on the Daggett Channel in Crosslake.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called at 12:44 p.m. for a report that a utility terrain vehicle had broken through the ice. One person was still in the water and hanging onto the side of the ice; the second person was out of the water, the sheriff’s officer reported in a news release.

The Crosslake Fire Department responded and was able to get both people from the UTV out of the water and off the ice. A Crosslake firefighter, who was wearing the water rescue suit, also broke through the ice while pulling one of the occupants off the ice. The people rescued were a 69-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman.

The Crosslake, Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes police departments assisted with the call.

During the investigation, the driver of the UTV said he and his passenger were driving to a

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fishing location when the UTV broke through the ice. The driver also stated he had driven the UTV near the same location the previous weekend and thought the ice would still be safe.

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.