The Crosslake Fire Department rescued two people whose utility terrain vehicle broke through the ice on the Daggett Channel in Crosslake at 12:44 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that when the dispatch center received the call, one of the two UTV occupants was still in the water and was hanging onto the side of the ice; the second occupant was out of the water.
The Crosslake Fire Department responded and was able to get both occupants from the UTV out of the water and off the ice. The fire department said the firefighter, who was wearing the water rescue suit, also broke through the ice while pulling one of the occupants off the ice.
Firefighters assisted both occupants, a 69-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, to shore.
The Crosslake, Breezy Point and Pequot Lakes police departments responded to assist with the call.
During the investigation, the driver of the UTV said he and his passenger where driving to a fishing location when the UTV broke through the ice. The driver said he had driven the UTV near the same location the previous weekend and thought the ice would still be safe.
With the recent warm temperatures, along with the recent wet snow and rain, the ice conditions appear to have deteriorated in various locations on area lakes. Crow Wing County Sheriff Goddard again reminds the public to use extreme caution when taking part in recreational activities on area lakes.