A rural Brainerd man was able to escape from Gull Lake late Monday after his pickup went through the ice in East Gull Lake near Gull Point.
Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher said the man, Donald Karlgaard, 59, was not injured after his vehicle went through the ice and he was able to get himself to shore.
Authorities have not been able to retrieve the pickup from the lake bottom because it is not yet safe to do so, Fisher said.
Fisher didn't know how much ice was on Gull Lake where the pickup broke through, or how deep the spot was.
"But right now it is not safe to be driving motor vehicle on the ice," Fisher said.
Fisher said though it's the time of year when recreational activities on the ice are in full swing, people venturing on the ice should check with local resorts, bait shops or by themselves to see how thick the ice is.
On Dec. 6, a Gull Lake resident fell through the ice on the lake while trying to rescue his dog on Wilson Bay. The man was pulled from the water by the Pillager Fire Department.
The DNR recommends a minimum of 4 inches of clear ice for walking, 5 inches for snowmobiles and 8-12 inches for a small to medium-sized automobile, pickup or SUV.
"Ice is never safe but there are certain times when people should only be walking or operating smaller vehicles like a four-wheeler and then there are times when people can elect to operate a full size vehicle on the ice. "We're not at that point yet."
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