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ATV falls through lake ice in Christmas Day accident

It happened in Kandiyohi County.

Authorities are again warning about the dangers of lake ice following a Christmas Day incident in west-central Minnesota.

It happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Friday in Colfax Township, Kandiyohi County, where an ATV rider broke through thin ice on Games Lake.

Though "initial reports could not verify the location of any occupants," authorities later learned that the rider managed to escape and walk back to his cabin, a release from the local sheriff says.

The ATV operator, an unidentified 60-year-old man from Rogers, Minnesota, was not injured. The sheriff says his 2019 Can-Am Defender sank in six to seven feet of water.

"The Sheriff's Office wants to remind the citizens that we serve, the danger and volatility of ice conditions on our area lakes," the release says.

It's not just area lakes, however. As the DNR says every winter, ice is "never 100% safe"; but if you must venture out onto that frozen lake or pond this season, keep in mind the guidelines for ice thickness. You can check them out in this DNR graphic below:

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