3 vehicles plunge through ice on Minnesota lake

This happened near the shore of a southwestern MN lake.
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In yet another example of ice never being 100 percent safe, numerous vehicles plunged into the waters of an icy Minnesota lake this past week. 

The photo, at the top of the story, is from Lake Shetek in southwestern Minnesota. According to the Murray CountySheriff's Office, three vehicles went through the ice after being driven onto the ice near the shore of the lake on Saturday night. 

The photo was shared by the neighboring Lyon County Sheriff's Office with the caption: “The ice is still not thick enough to drive on! Lake Shetek."

Fortunately, nobody was inside the vehicles when they broke through the ice, and no injuries were reported. 

"The Sheriffs Office would like to remind people that ice conditions can change day by day. The recent warming temperatures can quickly weaken the ice. Please use extra caution should you choose to drive on the ice," said the Murray County Sheriff's Office. 

The Minnesota DNR recommends the following thickness guidelines for clear, new ice: 

  • UNDER 4" - STAY OFF
  • 4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
  • 5" - 7" - Snowmobile or ATV
  • 8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
  • 12" - 15" - Medium truck

It's unclear how much ice was on that area of Lake Shetek. 

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