A man went through the ice Saturday on Platte Lake in southeast Crow Wing County while driving an all-terrain vehicle pulling his fish house, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Witnesses at the scene were able to rescue the man, who was transported by Onamia Ambulance to the Onamia Hospital. The incident was reported at 1:18 p.m. in Platte Lake Township in southeast Crow Wing County.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said he is continuing to caution people about unpredictable ice conditions because of the unseasonably warm weather.
“Those choosing to venture onto area lakes are urged to use extreme caution, expecially during non-daylight hours,” the sheriff’s office reported in a news release. “Let someone know where you will be and when you will be returning. Periodically check ice quality and thickness as you go farther out onto area lakes.
“Finally, make sure you have adequate cold weather gear and celluar telephone readily available in case of emergency.”
There are still areas of open ice found throughout Crow Wing County and surrounding areas, the sheriff’s office reported.
Assisting with the call Saturday were Pine Center First Responders, the Brainerd Fire Department and Onamia Ambulance. The Brainerd Fire Department was canceled enroute.
Temperatures will continue to be mild at the beginning of this week with a high near 44 degrees Tuesday as the west wind brings in mild Pacific air. Temperatures are expected to drop to a more familiar January high of 12 on Thursday and highs in the upper teens or mid-20 degree range for the coming weekend.