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Man drowns after ATV falls through ice in Fond du Lac County

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 07:57:50-05

A 55-year-old Fond du Lac man is dead after falling through the ice in Lake Winnebago while driving an ATV.

Police say Monday night, a group of four operating two ATVs and one UTV was traveling along the west shore when they began to cross over the frozen lake.

The group was traveling in a line when the ATV operated by the 55-year-old Fond du Lac man fell through the ice and into the water. Another ATV operated by a 23-year-old Fond du Lac man with a 22-year-old Brownsville woman as a passenger was unable to stop fast enough and also fell into the water.

A 69-year-old Fond du Lac man operating the UTV was able to stop upon observing the others fall through the ice.

According to police, the 23-year-old man successfully pulled the woman out of the water and made attempts to rescue the 55-year-old man but was unable.

Emergency responders were able to get both the men out of the water upon arrival. However, the 55-year-old man was unconscious and unresponsive once removed, and later died at St. Agnes Hospital.

The 23-year-old and 22-year-old were treated and released.

The Fond du Lac COunty Sheriff's office warns that the area of Lake Winnebago east of Lakeshore Drive and Franklin Avenue had approximately one to two inches of ice and eight feet of water and strongly advise people to use extreme caution when traveling on any frozen body of water.