Man, Grandma Die After Fall through Ice on Lake Minnetonka

Posted at: 02/02/2013 3:03 PM
Updated at: 02/04/2013 2:23 PM
By: Kaitlin Stevens

Two people have died after their car fell through the ice on Lake Minnetonka on Saturday.

Authorities say 31-year-old Harland Dietrich and his grandma, 87-year-old Mary Ann Haram, both from Maple Grove, died at HCMC. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has ruled both deaths as accidental drownings.

Around 2:25 p.m. on Saturday a man called 911 saying that his car was in lake Minnetonka and sinking. He then lost contact.

The Sheriff's Office Dive Team found the vehicle under 10 feet of water in Gray's Bay. The man was rescued from the car and flown by helicopter to HCMC.

A little later the woman was rescued and transferred to HCMC by ambulance.

The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents that it is extremely dangerous to drive or walk on channels and pressure ridges on Lake Minnetonka. Channels and pressure ridges should be avoided.

Authorities say there have been 14 incidents in which a vehicle or snowmobile has broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka just this year.