Vehicle Pulled Out of Clear Lake

Posted at: 02/01/2013 6:35 PM
Updated at: 02/01/2013 6:39 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- The big swing in temperatures over the last couple of weeks has led to big issues on both land and water. Two vehicles in the past week went through the ice on clear lake.

"Ice is changing daily here, with freeze and thaw, low water this year is causing unique things with our ice," said Benjamin Bergman, Iowa Conservation Officer.

Bob's Repair & Tow, Inc. assembled a group of 7 experts to fix the problem.

"It's just a case of bringing it straight up, sliding it away from the open hole, setting it down on the ice and bringing it back to shore," said Bob Kirschbaum, Owner of Bob's Repair & Tow, Inc.

Lifting a vehicle from the bottom of the lake is a tricky job.

"In this particular submersion we'll have to send divers down to hook onto it," said Ice Certified Diver Dave Nelson.

"There's no margin for error out here because you’re not supposed to be out on a frozen body of water," said Kirschbaum.

The sunken Jeep belongs to David Hand.

"I'm happy to see it come out but I'm not so happy to pay for it to come out," said Hand.

Hand hit an ice seam and he was able to get out before the lake swallowed his car.

"This event here is going to cost me about 6 thousand dollars," said Hand.

It was a hard lessoned learned for this fisherman.

"It will be pretty much a totaled but there's some parts we can save," said Hand.

Officials say with the change in temperatures and wind there's always a risk when driving on the ice.

"The only absolute is to stay off ice, it's never safe, you never know what it’s going to do," said Bergman.

Last Friday a car was stuck on clear lake when it partially went through the ice, but fortunately didn't sink. As you heard, the DNR is stressing extra caution to anyone who is planning on driving onto frozen lakes.