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Man is rescued after truck breaks through lake ice, but his dog doesn't make it

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A fisherman managed to escape after his truck broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Wednesday night, but his dog didn't make it out.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office told the Star Tribune the truck went through the ice near the Arcola Bridge, between Crystal Bay and Browns Bay, which was not a posted thin-ice area. He was on his way to his fish house on Lafayette Bay.

The 35-year-old man was able to climb out of the truck and pull himself onto a shelf of thin ice, where he yelled for help and was heard by a nearby resident. Four police deputies then formed a human chain to pull him to safety, the newspaper notes.

The man's dog however, could not be rescued from the truck as it sank.

Lieutenant Kent Vnuk said that the truck driver had a lucky escape.

"If it wasn't for the fact that the homeowner had gone outside for a second and heard the voices, he wouldn't have been heard," he told KARE 11.

"And we would have found him tomorrow morning, with the weather we are now he more than likely not have made it," he added.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources guidelines state that ice needs to be 8-12 inches thick to take the weight of a car or small pickup, and 12-15 inches to take a medium-sized truck.

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