Snowmobiler Who Died In Icy Lake Identified

By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

NEVIS, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Authorities have named the young man who drowned last week in an icy lake.

Eighteen-year-old Lukas Neubarth died last Thursday after his snowmobile that was towing a fishing shack hit an open spot on Third Crow Wing Lake in northern Minnesota.

Now the Department of Natural Resources wants to warn people about the dangers on lakes.

“Ice is never 100 percent safe,” said, Tim Smalley, water safety specialist for DNR. “You can always find a bad spot on just about any body of water during the coldest part of the winter. Sometimes the ice doesn’t freeze very quickly.”

Smalley said springs under the surface of the water can also bring warm water up, creating open sports.

The DNR reports on an average winter they’ll have five or six ice related deaths. Last winter they had one and now they’re at three for this season. The first drowning happened on Dec. 2 at Lake Washington near Mankato. The second happened at Lake Alexander in Morrison County on Dec. 4.

Smalley says the heavy snow from this season is also making things dangerous.

“It causes a great deal of slush. It pushes down on the surface of the ice, making it a kind of bowl shape, and then the water bubbles up through cracks,” he said.

The snow also lessons the weight ice can support making it dangerous for snowmobiles, ATVs, and trucks.

“Generally we see 60 percent of ice-related drownings occur with somebody in some kind of vehicle,” said Smalley.

To be safe, the DNR recommends staying off the ice at night in a vehicle because it makes opening hard to see. Also, check the condition of the ice with a local bait shop before you head out.

“We recommended a minimum of 8 to 10 inches of ice for your standard size vehicle. If you have a larger vehicle a foot is necessary. But the problem is with a foot of snow on the lakes you probably need twice that,” Said Smalley.

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  • kris

    Wow, whqt is with all of the typos???

  • Kesh

    I guess a normal English spelling checker would have found the mistakes and typos. Bad Reporting.

  • morgan

    There may have been typos, but if you actually knew lukas, you wouldn’t care about the typos.

    • Tricia

      I couldn’t agree more Morgan!

  • John

    The fact that this article is about a young man who died makes the typos and simple grammatical errors much more inexcusable, IMO.

    This is supposed to be a major news outlet in the Twin Cities and they actually put this article front and center without even checking for spelling and grammar! I understand people have trouble with grammar at times, but if you’re a “professional journalist”, this can’t happen. By having this article (written the way it is) on this site, it speaks volumes about how things are run at WCCO.

    How could anyone take what Edgar Linares writes or says seriously in the future?

    It’s a shame to rush through an article like this when the subject matter is so important and sad.

  • frank hillsted

    i agree morgan lukas was a good guy i have his in memory bracelet on right now

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