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Anglers drive truck out onto lake, crash through thin ice

If you didn't notice, the snow and ice have been melting.

A pair of anglers managed to escape from their truck after it had crashed through thin ice on a lake west of the Twin Cities.

The incident happened Monday evening on Big Swan Lake in Kingston Township, Meeker County, the local sheriff's office reports.

Kouthong Vixayvong, 82, of Eagan, and passenger Somphong Phomsamouth, 76, of Eden Prairie, were driving out onto the lake to fish when their truck broke through the ice.

Fortunately, the pair were able to get out before the truck submerged, and made it back to the landing without injury.

The truck went through about a quarter of a mile south of the lake access, with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office saying the access "has been posted with thin ice signs and due to the rapidly deteriorating ice conditions, vehicle travel is not advised."

Authorities across Minnesota have been warning about thin ice conditions following the recent warmup, with the deadline for removing fish houses from lakes in the southern two-thirds of the state already having passed on Mar. 4.

"With spring rapidly approaching and the warm temperatures we have experienced, the Sheriff's Office discourages vehicle use on any of the lakes in the county," the sheriff's office said.

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