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Update: Snowmobiler dies after falling in St. Croix River


A 22-year-old man has died after his snowmobile hit open water on the St. Croix River around noon Saturday near Bayport, which is just south of Stillwater, KSTP reports.

According to the Pioneer Press, the snowmobiler broke through the ice about 75 to 100 feet from shore near the Xcel Energy Center Allen S. King power plant, where warm water goes into the river, weakening the ice.

The Star Tribune says the victim was pulled from the icy water within a half hour of when a call was made to authorities. He was unconscious when he was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Officials say the snowmobiler rode past several thin ice warning signs before going through the ice, KARE 11 reports. "Especially in this area, there's a lot of underflow and warm water that's coming in and there are a lot of areas that are unsafe and have open water," said Chief Deputy Dan Starry of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

It's another tragic reminder of the dangers on or near thin ice. At least three Twin Cities area residents -- including an 8-month-old baby -- have died when their vehicles broke through ice, the Associated Press notes.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man from northeastern Wisconsin died from injuries suffered in a snowmobile crash late Friday night in Bayfield County, Wis., the Duluth News Tribune reports.

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