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Two fishermen survive close call in Sand Lake

Posted at: 03/31/2013 6:41 PM
Updated at: 03/31/2013 6:53 PM
By: Lily Jamali

Two men are safely back on land after a close call while ice fishing in Sand Lake Sunday morning.

Averill Park-Sand Lake Fire officials say they got the call around 10:30am about a man falling into Crooked Lake.

He was out fishing with a friend when the ice beneath him broke.

"Then, the other one tried to rescue his friend and then he fell through the ice. So we had two of them in the ice at once," said Averill Park-Sand Hill Fire Chief Paul Glasser.

Chief Glasser says the second fisherman was able to save himself.

"He came to shoreline. He got a boat. He got a rope and tied the rope around his partner and they pulled each other out," said Chief Glasser.

By the time rescuers arrived, just 5 minutes after the initial call, both men were walking back to land.

Authorities say what looks safe isn't always.

"This time of year with the temperature change in the water, the ice is by no means safe," said Chief Glasser.

The Fire Department has declined to release the names of either man, only saying they were in their sixties, and that neither was wearing a life preserver.

Fire officials say the men also should have had ropes with them, as well as ice picks.

One of them was taken to Samaritan Hospital to be examined for mild hypothermia but has since checked out.