UPDATE: An area family of four escaped in the nick of time, after their vehicle fell through the ice in Chippewa County.
It happened Sunday around 3:00 pm on Lake Wissota. The Chippewa County Sheriffs Department says the family was driving their truck onto the ice as they were heading out to go fishing. The front end of the truck began to fall through the ice. The man and the woman were able to get out the drivers side door. Other fisherman on the lake then helped two children crawl through the back window to safety, just in time.
"I strongly believe that, you know, they'd only have seconds, up to a minute to actually be able to get out of the cold, icy water if in fact their vehicle would have completely submerged. And to escape back onto the ice sometimes is a miracle," said Chris Kowalcyzk of the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department.
The sheriff's department says the ice around where the vehicle fell through appeared to be only about six inches thick. The truck will be removed from the lake.
The Minnesota DNR says for new, clear ice only, 4 inches is the minimum thickness for people to walk on. 8 inches is the minimum thickness for cars and small pick-ups, and it must be at least a foot thick before a medium pickup can head out on the ice. Always double-check the ice thickness before heading out, and if you're unsure, don't go out. And that ice could get a little thinner this week.
UPDATE: The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says a family was heading out to go ice fishing on the lake, when their truck started to go through the ice. The right front end started to break through, so the dad got out of the truck and helped his wife get out of the passenger seat. The entire front end of the truck started to fall through the ice, so their two children had to be taken out of the truck through the back sliding window. Other fisherman that were out there helped pull the kids out. No one was injured.
Lake Wissota (WQOW) - A truck has broken through the ice on Lake Wissota in Chippewa County.
Our reporter on scene says the driver went over a thin patch of ice, and the vehicle started to fall through the ice. Everyone was able to make it out of the car safely.
Emergency crews are on scene right now. We'll bring you more information as soon as it's available.