BEMIDJI, Minn. — A man’s body was recovered from Lake Irving on Monday evening, Jan. 11, after a vehicle went through the ice on Sunday.
According to Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel, around 1 p.m. on Sunday, the sheriff’s office was advised of a vehicle possibly going through the ice on Lake Irving, a 660-acre lake just south of Bemidji.
First responders found a set of tire tracks that led to a hole in the ice.
Beltrami County deputies used an unmanned aircraft system and Bemidji Fire Department deployed a hovercraft and underwater camera to search the area, the release said.
Divers from the Lakes Area Dive Team arrived on scene and confirmed that a vehicle was below the ice. Divers and emergency personnel continued to search the area until darkness limited their visibility.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday, searchers recovered the body of an adult male victim from Lake Irving.
The deceased was located with the assistance of an underwater remotely operated vehicle operated by the Red Lake Department of Public Safety Conservation Enforcement, a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The victim’s name is being publicly withheld until confirmation by the medical examiner.