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Pair escape after snowmobile crashes through lake ice

There have been a series of ATV and snowmobile crashes due to thin ice in recent weeks.

Two men were able to escape unharmed after the snowmobile they were riding crashes through lake ice.

The incident happened 7 a.m. Saturday, with the snowmobile going through the ice about 100 feet from the shore on Lake Koronis in Meeker County.

The 21-year-old driver, Tristan Nelson of Brooten, and a 24-year-old passenger, Nathan Wander of Belgrade, managed to climb out after the vehicle was submerged in the water.

Nelson told police he "came across a soft patch of ice" where the snowmobile went through. Fortunately, neither was injured.

It's the latest in a series of incidents in Minnesota that have seen ATVs and snowmobiles crash into lakes, which has followed a number of warnings from local authorities about thin ice in parts of the state.

Although temperatures have dropped in the past 10 days, Minnesota has experienced an unusually warm winter so far – particularly in the south – and ice conditions may be inconsistent in places.

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