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Published January 17, 2012, 01:13 PM

Pickup truck hits pressure ridge and ends up frozen in open water turned to ice

Pelican Rapids, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Even as temperatures drop, ice conditions on area lakes remain questionable and dangerous. Just ask two Moorhead men. The pickup they were in struck a pressure ridge on Big Cormorant and plowed into open water.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Even as temperatures drop, ice conditions on area lakes remain questionable and dangerous. Just ask two Moorhead men. The pickup they were in struck a pressure ridge on Big Cormorant and plowed into open water.

Neither was injured at the time, but a passenger in the truck, who tried to walk back out to the pickup a short time later ignored warnings from deputies and the result was not good.

Here it is; one expensive fishing trip. A rented 2012 pickup, its rear end in the air. The front end, frozen in open water turned ice.

Sheriff Tim Gordon - Becker County: “All the lakes are dealing with situations we've never dealt with at this time of the year.”

Driver Mark Brossart and passenger Jason Cihak had driven the same route earlier in the day, but a pressure ridge erupted and when they hit that, they went in open water.

Sheriff Tim Gordon: “They were able to get out and by then the emergency responders were here.”

Emergency personnel and deputies on scene were relieved that no one was injured in the incident, but things changed dramatically when the passenger in the pickup decided to leave the public access and walk back onto the lake, despite warnings from deputies. He then fell through the ice.

Sheriff Tim Gordon: “He fell through ice that had just recently been 16 inches thick so he was over his head - circumstances were just lucky. He had a little buoyancy and he was able to get himself partially back up on the ice and there dragged away from the hole.”

Gary Thompson of Tri State Diving has been busy...retrieving ice houses and ATVs from the lakes. He'll pull this truck out tomorrow.

Gary Thompson - Tri State Diving: “We'll discuss it tomorrow which will be the best, safest and least amount of damage to the vehicle to get it out.”

The bottom line - a crappie or two just isn't worth the risk driving vehicles out on the ice.

Gary Thompson: “These lakes are changes we're just seeing circumstances we've never seen before.”

And this year, there is nothing predictable or guaranteed about our lakes

Sheriff Tim Gordon: “These people are really jeopardizing other people’s lives - it’s the rescuers in mind.”

The Becker County Sheriff's office has closed the access to Cormorant Lake, preventing vehicles from driving out on the ice.

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