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Truck breaks through ice on Diamond Lake

ATWATER -- An ice fisherman driving back to shore from his fish house escaped unharmed when his 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe broke through the ice at around 10 p.m. Saturday night on Diamond Lake.

Brandon Kragenbring, Atwater, said the truck broke through the ice when he was a few hundred yards from the southwest shore of the lake. He was able to escape through the driver's side window before the truck completely broke through the ice and submerged. He estimated it is in about 22 feet of water.

Kragenbring had driven over the same area previously and found ice as thick as 17 inches on parts of the lake. He saw no sign that the ice was weak in the area.

He said he feels fortunate to have been able to evacuate the truck and stay dry. Kragenbring said he is not sure he would have been able to pull himself from the water and make it to safety on his own in the severe cold on Saturday night.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department is urging everyone to use extreme caution when driving on area lakes.