Minnesota DNR Warns Anglers To Stay Off Ice After Incident In Benton Co.

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 10:17 am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging ice fishermen to stay off the ice after a Sartell man fell-through a Benton County lake on Friday morning.

According to WCCO, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office states 30-year-0ld Joshua Johnson, of Sartell, fell through Little Rock Lake at approximately 11am on Friday morning.

A witness says the man was about 200 yards from the shoreline when he fell through. The victim had been fishing prior to falling through.

Rescuer’s found Johnson submerged in about 10 feet of water just after 12:15 p.m. Johnson was rushed to a St.Cloud hospital, where he is currently in critical condition.

The DNR reminds anglers to stay off ice that is less than 2″ thick.  It also suggests to check with local bait shops and fishing guides before venturing on the ice.

Last season was one of the deadliest for ice-fishermen in Minnesota; a total of 5 deaths and one missing person, according to the Pioneer Press.

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