For third time over holiday weekend, ATV breaks through ice in MN

Luckily, no one was injured in any of the incidents.
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ATV thin ice accident

Another ATV has broken through thin ice in Minnesota, marking the third such incident over the holiday weekend.

This one occurred Saturday afternoon on Two Rivers Lake in Holding Township, Stearns County, when a Polaris Ranger side-by-side hit a thin patch and crashed into the water.

According to a news release from the local sheriff, the two occupants "were able to escape the sinking ATV" and make it to a nearby ice house without injury.

The vehicle is believed to have sunk into about 27 feet of water. The sheriff says the ATV's owner is working with a private tow service to have it removed from the lake.

This comes a day after two separate Christmas Day ATV incidents in greater Minnesota. 

The first happened in Kandiyohi County at about 2:00 p.m. Friday, the second a little over an hour later in Douglas County. Both riders were able to escape the sinkings uninjured. 

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:

Ice thickness chart

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