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UPDATE: Death ruled an accidental drowning

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Rural Augusta (WQOW) - The death of a man in a rural Augusta pond has been ruled an accidental drowning.

The Eau Claire County Medical Examiners Office made that ruling Wednesday in the death of Christian Borntreger, 60. Rescue crews were called to the private pond Tuesday night.  

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office says Borntreger was trying to retrieve his domesticated ducks from the pond when he broke through ice that was only two inches thick. His body was found in about 10 feet of water.

Borntreger was a member of the Amish community. Officials say there was some delay in reporting the incident because a family member had to go to a neighbors house to use the phone to call 911.

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Bridge Creek (Press Release) - On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 6:40 p.m., the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office responded to 22841 E. Karow, in the Town of Bridge Creek. Deputies responded to a call of an adult male who had fallen through ice on a private pond.

A dive team located the body of Christian Borntreger, 60, at about 8:01 p.m. Borntreger was a resident at the location and had gone on the pond to retrieve farm animals. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Augusta-Bridge Creek Fire Department, Fall Creek Fire Department, and Township Fire/Rescue arrived at the scene and conducted a cold water rescue/search of the pond.

The Augusta Police Department assisted at the scene.

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Bridge Creek (WQOW) - Tuesday night brings a tragedy on the ice in Eau Claire County. A man has passed away after falling through the ice on a pond.  His name has not been released.

This is what we do know:around 7pm Tuesday night rescue crews were called to a private pond behind a home in the town of Bridge Creek, east of Augusta. 

After 8pm dive teams located the man in the water.  Not long after that, investigators said the man had died.

Sgt. Cory Schalinske, with the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office, says, "The early ice fishing season is upon us and you need to be sure, you need to be confident. It's not worth taking a chance to go out onto the ice right now until the ice is formed and is solid."

Investigators believe the man was in his 50's.  They also say he was a member of the Amish community and has a large family who is affected by the tragic accident.  

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) - Rescue crews were called to a private pond in the Town of Bridge Creek around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

There was a report that a man may have fallen through the ice.  Around 8:30 p.m., law enforcement officers said crews had located him in the water.  Not long after that, they reported that the man had passed away.  His name has not been released.  Investigators say they believe he was in his 50's.

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Dive teams are on the scene of a potential water rescue in Eau Claire County.

Investigators believe someone went through the ice on a private pond behind a home in the Town of Bridge Creek, east of Augusta.  Law enforcement officers say there was no witness.  We'll have updates as more information becomes available.

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