More lake rescues as spring temperatures thin ice to treacherous levels


Temperatures in the metro area nudged into the mid-50's on Friday, but the warm weather did not dissuade several people from venturing onto the ice on Cedar Lake.

FOX 9 reports the incident on Friday evening did not send anyone to the hospital. Minneapolis Fire confirmed to the station that one person was able to get to shore safely, and two people that fell through the ice were rescued by firefighters and did not require medical attention.

Meanwhile, in Duluth the Northland's News Center reported that a driver of an SUV crashed through the ice on the St. Louis River Friday afternoon at the Boy Scout Landing in Gary-New Duluth. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department says the 46-year-old man was attempting to drive out on the river when his Chevrolet Trailblazer broke through the ice. Rescue crews worked to pull his SUV out of nearly six feet of water.

The driver told authorities he was "testing the ice." He wasn't hurt.

The incidents come a full week after WCCO reported that the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office was urging people to stay off thin ice, noting that the ice was thinning rapidly in the spring temperatures. Plenty of thin ice warning signs have been posted along Minneapolis shorelines.

Earlier this week, one man had to be rescued from the St. Croix River. In Duluth, fire officials pulled four people from the ice on Lake Superior after one of them fell through while exploring ruins near Canal Park.

MPR News that the Department of Natural Resources is monitoring the ice outs on lakes across Minnesota. The DNR uses observers to report ice outs across the state.

Last year was the second consecutive year with a late lake ice out in the state. A late ice out could affect the fishing opener in May.

Here's the DNR's ice out map which looks at when lakes are typically clear of ice and open.

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