Sartell Man in Critical Condition after Fall Through Ice

Updated: 11/18/2013 7:43 AM By: Cassie Hart

Image: MGN Online
Image: MGN Online

A Sartell man is in critical condition after falling through the ice while fishing.

According to authorities, 30-year-old Joshua Johnson was fishing on Little Rock Lake, which only had two inches of ice, when he fell through.

He was submerged in 10 feet of water for nearly an hour before he was taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is issuing an early reminder to be cautious around partially frozen ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
Stanek says no ice should ever be considered safe.
He says as thin ice begins to form on the water, it's important for parents and caregivers to be vigilant when kids are outside. In past years, most victims of fatal accidents on the ice in Hennepin County have been children.
Stanek says small bodies of water such as ponds are particularly dangerous now. A dusting of snow or frost may give thin ice the appearance that it is safe when it is not.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.