SUV Falls Through Big Lake; All Vehicles Banned

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 6:59 am

Yet another vehicle has fallen through a Minnesota lake.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s office says that three people escaped from a Chevy Trailblazer after it fell through Big Lake on Sunday evening. The SUV fell through the ice about 100 yards out from the shore on about seven inches of ice.

The three occupants were making their way out to a fish house on the lake when the SUV’s rear broke through the ice and was partially submerged. The three crawled out of the SUV’s windows and onto the lake ice before the entire SUV broke through the ice and sank 25 feet to the bottom of the lake. Efforts to remove the SUV began on Monday.

No one was injured.

The Sheriff’s Office announced late Monday that it will be closing Big Lake and Mitchell Lake in Big Lake to all cars, trucks and SUV’s effective Thursday, Feb. 16.

Fish houses that require a vehicle to be removed from the ice have until Thursday to be pulled off the ice.

Recreational vehicles, like ATVs and snowmobiles will be allowed on the ice still, but owners are advised to use caution.

Police said Sunday’s incident is an example of this season’s “terribly inconsistent” ice conditions.

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