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Two ice fisherman safe after pickup goes in Green Lake near Spicer public access

Photo courtesy of Linda K Fostervold Eisenreich

SPICER — Two ice fishermen from Spicer were able to safely climb out of a pickup truck that plunged into water Friday evening offshore of Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer.

The men, who declined to give their last names, told the Tribune they stayed dry — except one man's feet — as they climbed out of the windows of the truck after 6:15 p.m. Friday. Rescuers brought a raft and the two men were able to safely climb from the back of the pickup.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Neumann said in a news release that the pickup was about 200 yards east of the Spicer public access in one of several areas where water has accumulated on top of the ice after warm weather in recent days. That area is several hundred feet long and 20 to 30 feet wide, and the water depth on top of the ice ranges from inches to feet. That area and others like it are not safe.

"I'm just gonna say that no ice is safe on lakes and people need to use extreme caution,'' said Sgt. Neumann at the scene on Friday.

The pickup was in water up to its headlights, according to the news release and was surrounded by water, sitting on top of submerged ice. A tow truck was called to remove it.

The men told the Tribune they had been fishing and reported 30 inches of solid ice. Both are familiar with the lake and believed they were taking a safe route back to shore when they encountered water.

The area where the truck went into the water is north and east of the recently erected Spicer Ice Castle where the Winterfest celebration kicks off Saturday with a 7 p.m. lighting ceremony and fireworks display.

Also responding Friday night were the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Spicer and New London fire departments, Spicer First Responders and New London Ambulance.

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