Lakeview men, dogs OK after truck, ATV go through ice

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:43 pm on Monday, February 18, 2013

CATO TOWNSHIP — Two men and two dogs are safe after a truck and a Kawasaki ATV went through the ice at Tamarack Lake Saturday morning.

Greg McKenna was plowing a path Saturday morning on Tamarack Lake in preparation for a snowmobile race that was to take place.

While plowing, the truck went through the ice.

“He got out before it went completely under,” Lakeview District Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr said on Sunday. “(The truck) is still at the bottom of the lake.”

A diver took his Kawasaki ATV out to the scene in hopes of hooking the truck and bringing it back to the surface. However, the ATV, which was also carrying two dogs, also went through the ice.

The man and dogs were uninjured.

Although the Lakeview District Fire Department was not involved in the incident, Carr said firefighters showed up to the scene on both Saturday and Sunday to make sure a professional dive team was there if they were needed. Carr said divers did make it down to retrieve dive equipment, but attempts to bring the truck up were unsuccessful as the chain broke while attempting to bring it to the surface.

“It started to get messy, so we went just in case we were needed,” Carr said.

Carr said all vehicles were successfully pulled from the lake Sunday afternoon without any major complications.

McKenna described the incident by saying, “It was an unfortunate accident. Everyone is safe and sound.”

He did not comment further on the situation.

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