Angler Rescued After Falling Through Ice In Chaumont Bay

Angler Rescued After Falling Through Ice In Chaumont Bay

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Officials say a man who fell through the ice in Chaumont Bay Thursday afternoon probably suffered from mild hypothermia.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at around 1:45 p.m.

Officials said a man had been ice fishing when he fell through the ice.

He pulled himself back up onto the ice two more times before falling through each time, officials said.

"He did fall in a couple of times, but he was able to get back up on to the chunk of the ice that he was standing there when we got there and he wasn't moving much at all," said Chaumont Fire Chief Fred Jackson.

The Jefferson County STAR Team was joined by volunteers from the Chaumont Fire Department in the rescue.

The man was about a quarter mile from shore and rescue crews spent more than an hour pulling him to safety.

Ambulance teams from Guilfoyle and Three Mile Bay were also on the scene.

Emergency responders were able to warm up the man's body in an ambulance but Jackson says the man probably suffered from mild hypothermia. 

Jackson says this is the fourth rescue in Chaumont in the past few weeks.

The ice has just been too thin.

"We're getting longer days and the temperatures are getting a little warmer. It's just not safe out there," said Jackson.

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