Logging worker rescued after equipment breaks through ice, cab fills with water

Roy Davis was rescued by coworkers after falling through ice in Lake Hattie Township.
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A logging worker in northern Minnesota was rescued by his colleagues from a dangerous situation when his equipment broke through the ice.

Operator Roy Davis became trapped inside logging equipment that had fallen through the ice Saturday afternoon in Lake Hattie Township, just northeast of Itasca State Park. 

The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office and medical personnel were called, and learned the equipment’s cab had filled with water, and that other workers were trying to rescue the man inside.

Upon arrival, officials discovered Davis had been safely removed from the cab and was being tended to by other workers on the scene.

Davis was transported by snowmobile to a North Memorial Ambulance and driven to a clearing, where he was then flown to an Essentia hospital in Fargo for possible hypothermia treatment.

An investigation found that Davis was logging in the area when his equipment broke through the ice at the frozen edge of a swamp. Mud and ice prevented him from escaping the cabin.

Another worker then used an excavator to dig around the machine and free Davis.

According to the Star Tribune, a member of Davis’ family said he is out of the hospital and doing well as of Monday. 

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