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11/21/12 - Mark Gordon tells quite a story:
the idiot who drove his pickup through the ice and to the bottom of
Big Lake at Burnt Point on 14 November 2012.
vehicle tracks in the fresh snow nearly to Burnt Point. They went to
a house nearby. I foolishly figured it was safe all the way to the
point, and followed 4-wheeler tracks in the snow right up to my new
swimming hole. Big mistake.
should have known better, but didnít realize how late Burnt Point
stays open. The first time I drove on Big Lake was 1975, and Iíve
ice fished Burnt Point for decades.
truck has a plow on the front, and it went down FAST. I estimate
that the water there is 25í to 30í deep. I was trapped in the
cab for what I estimate was a minute. I couldnít hold my breath
much longer, but finally got out and swam to the surface. It took an
additional 7-10 minutes to get out of the water and onto the ice. A
propane tank (used to power my ice fishing tent heater) floated to
the surface and served as a life ring. Without it, I couldnít have
gotten out on the ice.
two ladies who are caregivers for Mr. Gantz on Lighthouse Road saw
the truck go down and called both the Big Lake Fire Department as
well as a man who lived nearby. He walked out and guided me to the
Gantz home where I was able to stay warm while waiting for the EMTs.
Nearly a week later, my fingers are still numb. I hope there is no
had close brushes with death before, but this one may have been the
closest. Just as I was accepting the possibility of drowning, the
Tundraben DON'T DRIVE ON THE LAKE report
I saw a truck driving along side of the road
this morning. A while later I got an email asking for
suggestions on how to get it out of the over flow as
it broke through the surface ice.
suppose she got back on the road due to the berms from
driveways. She's stuck over at the west end point of
Long island. It looks like it could be pulled back but
who's going out?
went over to see and judging by the foot prints she
12/11/10: TUNDRABEN reports first car
through the ice: at Visqueen Point on Big Lake
Two from TUNDRABEN 12/8/009
A new species of Shepherd Island Dipper
Red Oaks' truck went in on Tundra
Channel ice report
Two snowmachiners went into the Flat
Lake channel in the dark last night,
riding side by side. When the
young lady I spoke with realized she was
going through the ice, she was most
frightened because she can't swim.
She stood on top of her machine until
her partner came back with help.
She had never heard of the problem with
thin ice in the channels. They
returned today to do a little of what
their rescuers called "redneck fishing."
- Larry Taylor (with thanks to Carolyn
for the alert)
I watched them pull out this snowmachine
and then found out there was another...
A rescuer hooking up to the second
Second machine coming out of the Flat
Hey Larry did you get pics of
the truck that went through the ice today
between mud and flat lake??? This must have
happened between 930 and 1230 this am....the
windshield wipers were still going when I
got there, Mike called the troopers for me
and was told they already got the person or
persons out...so that is good news..!!
Wow! Dual reports...
I don't think you're supposed to
drive when you do a "Polar Bear
Plunge." I imagine the 2
people standing on the roof of this
truck were pretty cold by the time
the fire department got a ladder to
them that they could climb to shore.
It was about 5 below at the time.
Judy Strong got some good
pictures of yesterday's mishap at
the channel, and has shared them
with us. (Yeah, don't do anything
you don't want the world to see if
you're on Flat Lake!)
Same event, third set of photos 11/18/08
Note the suited up emergency worker
under the ladder making sure the
cold, wet survivor doesn't have to
get into the ice water again!