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3 vehicles fall through same lake on the same day

It's been a bad winter for lake ice.

Ice safety is once again under the microscope after three vehicles fell through a lake in southern Minnesota in less than 24 hours.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office said the series of breakthroughs happened on Madison Lake, southwest of the Point Pleasant Resort and Campground.

A press release from the sheriff's office said that the area where the three vehicles fell through had been open water within the past week.

In total, 10 people managed to escape after their vehicles broke through the ice.

The first happened at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday, when a Ford Escape broke through and became fully submerged, with the three occupants managing to escape.

The second happened at 9:17 p.m., when a Dodge Dakota also became fully submerged, with four people inside getting out without injury.

And less than an hour later, a Chevy pickup went through, with another three people having to escape.

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Additional signs have been put around landings in the area where the incidents happened, while police have also been speaking with local businesses to spread the word.

"The public is reminded that ice should never be considered completely safe as conditions continuously change," the sheriff's office said.

There have been a multitude of instances where people and vehicles have fallen through ice this winter, which follows a partial thaw in mid-to-late December that has left ice conditions in some parts of the state unstable.

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