Another thin ice warning: 4 rescued from 'Cribs' off Duluth's shore


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Yet another reminder that in the spring, ice on Minnesota lakes cannot be trusted.

Duluth fire officials rescued four people, including two children, from the ice on Lake Superior Tuesday after one of them fell through, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Melissa Besvold, 34, of Superior, Wisconsin, broke through thin ice, Northland's NewsCenter reports, while exploring Uncle Harvey's Mausoleum, also know as "the Cribs," in Canal Park, WDIO says.

She was with with Brian Bridge, 37, and two girls, ages 6 and 11, all of Superior, the Duluth News Tribune notes.

Someone in the group called 911 for help, and by the time rescuers were at the scene Besvold had climbed onto one of the Cribs' structures, reports say.

Duluth firefighters used a blowup raft to transport the group back to shore safely, video of the rescue shows.

They were cold and scared, but no one was injured, reports note.

'Ice is not safe'

In a post on Facebook, the St. Louis County Rescue Squad wrote, "Friends, please stay away from Uncle Harvey's until next winter. NO ice is safe right now!"

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been warning about ice safety and the risk of going out on frozen lakes all winter – and last week it warned of quickly deteriorating ice conditions throughout the state.

There have been a number of incidents this winter with people falling through the ice, including a handful of fatalities.

The DNR reported in mid-February at least three people have died after falling through the ice this winter. A 62-year-old man died when his ATV fell through the ice on Gun Lake back in November, and two anglers died when their vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Benton Feb. 1.

Since the DNR's mid-February report, at least one other person has died in an ice-related incident – a 50-year-old man died after his UTV broke through the ice on Lake Andrew in early March.

Last winter, three people died in ice-related incidents, the DNR's report notes, and from 2009-14, there were 18 ice-related deaths – five involved people on foot, while nine were on snowmobiles or ATVs. The four others were involved motor vehicles.

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