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A survivor’s eerie tale

Three survive icy plunge

January 14, 2014

GRANO — In a matter of a few seconds the vehicle broke through the lake’s icy covering and sank beneath the cold, forbidding wate....

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JustMeToday

Jan-15-14 6:53 PM

And.... just have to add this comment as im reading others... yes, people drive in places every day that they dont know or have never been. But driving onto a frozen lake that you dont know, could kill you. There are things that you should just do a little research on before you just go and do it. Just because its a BOAT dock, doesnt mean you should drive out on it when the waters froze. Not everything works that way and these guys had a hard lesson

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JustMeToday

Jan-15-14 6:47 PM

Im glad these people made it out and everyone is ok. But this is a perfect example of what not to do. When there are several people out fishing and there are no tracks leading onto the water there, pretty sure theres a reason for it. And not obeying the signs. Entering onto a lake that you obviously know nothing about..... glad you wont be fishing out there anymore. Its people like that, that end up harming someone else. Take this as a lesson

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Legend

Jan-14-14 10:20 PM

Thank God they r ok. Followed the old guys and ended up on 4" the first time. No more of that--old guys sometimes don't seem to care if they go down! My advice is throw an ice bar in front of u when u walk. if it don't go thru--neither will u. 4 driving, start by following the main trails and talk to as many others as possible to learn the safe and the thin ice areas. Beware of narrows, islands, reeds, shallows and embankments. Learn soft spots from springs thru others and observation. Sakakawea ice is never consistant or safe--check it with an auger b4 driving on it. Ask, check and watch every time u go out. Learn the weak locations. I made some dumb moves but never went thru in 45 years. Make sure your auto ins. covers falling in.

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GoInPeace

Jan-14-14 5:30 PM

The good Lord was watching out for them.Goinpeace

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redneck

Jan-14-14 2:23 PM

sorry for your loss but get out there and enjoy all the good healthy activites a person can. keep it up.

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ChasinND

Jan-14-14 1:15 PM

Better yet, lets drain the lake and use it for flood control that its was built for.

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Russ98387

Jan-14-14 11:41 AM

Finally found a good use for a "duramax", boat anchor

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wassup536

Jan-14-14 10:45 AM

Just throwing this out there too, but over my 26 years of being alive and living in the area there is no one that I know that goes ice fishing in a diesel pickup.

Why take a vehicle that weighs 2000 lbs more then a gas engined vehicle. If that's the only vehicle you have then you better rethink what your doing.

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dakotagun

Jan-14-14 9:26 AM

the only way to reduce the chance that this might happen is to get out every xx feet and drill a hole (even this isn't absolute, but it's close). If you don't do that - and I don't know many that do, especially mid-season like now - then you accept the risk of going through. And we accept the risk, cross our fingers and roll forward (slowly - but some not so slowly). Thanks to these guys for sharing their story - may have prevented a few more, novice and pros alike, from going through the ice.

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dakotagun

Jan-14-14 9:10 AM

ok, ya'll know that a vehicle can go through the ice at any point along a trail, where there is no trail, where you drove earlier, etc. right?? this spot may have claimed others before, but how'd one know? are there signs posted? no. So, apparently, if you're not an icefishing diehard, you shouldn't go out on the ice because you "don't know the lake." (but I presume you've driven in places where you didn't know - at least the first time, no?).

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OpinionsGalore

Jan-14-14 8:13 AM

If you don’t know the lake, stay off it. Year after year someone ends up swimming through the ice because of that boat dock. Let’s use common sense and not use the dock. There are obvious locations to enter onto the lake, use them.

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MarkHighwater

Jan-14-14 8:12 AM

Wow....glad they all had better outcome than the cat did last week in Minot.

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fishon

Jan-14-14 7:46 AM

Stupidity!!! Im not talking about going ice fishing I am talking about the spot that he fell in. Seems like every other year a truck falls through at this spot. When you go to a spot where there are no vehicle tracks,go around barriers and do not obey the signs that say THIN ICE that my friend is stupidity. I am glad that everyone is ok but you probably scared that little girl where she might not want to go ice fishing again. That spot that he went in at is just like going underneath a bridge on a frozen lake. Im glad to hear you wont be ice fishing Darling anymore.(You can not have 4 wheelers on the ice there). Come on people COMMON SENSE!

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