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UPDATE: Snowmobiles fall through the ice in Columbia County


MERRIMAC (WKOW)-- Some snowmobiles are still in Lake Wisconsin after going in around 7:00 Saturday night.

The snowmobilers were riding near the shores of Lake Wisconsin in Merrimac when they hit a shallow patch of ice. It happened right under the train tracks that go across the lake just a few hundred yards from the Merrimac ferry crossing.

At the scene Lodi and Merrimac ice rescue teams say they found two people who had fallen through the ice. One was taken to a hospital by helicopter with hypothermia-like symptoms. The other was treated and released at the scene.

While rescuers were helping them another snowmobile passing by also went into the lake.

"There was another incident while this one was going on," Lodi Fire Chief John Griffing says. "A snowmobile went through the ice. That person was able to get out and safely get back onto another snowmobile and exit the area."

Officials say he was able to get out, but his snowmobile didn't. Near the shoreline a rope attached to a tree runs across the ice and is tied to the snowmobile. Officials are hoping it will prevent the snowmobile from sinking even further.

Fire fighters also heard that a few other snowmobiles and an ATV sank in that area as well. Possibly used by spectators who stopped to watch the rescue. Witnesses say that three total snowmobiles are currently underwater, as well as one ATV.

The DNR has stepped in to handle the recovery of those vehicles and the investigation.



COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) -- One person is taken to the hospital via Med Flight after snowmobiles fall through the ice in Columbia County.

Sauk County dispatch confirms the accident happened about 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Med-flight was called for one person.

There were no other serious injuries. Sauk County dispatch says everyone was able to get out of the water.

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