HARRISON, Wis. (AP) — An Appleton-area man is dead after his vehicle and two others plunged through the ice into Lake Winnebago.

The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department says emergency crews were called to the north end of the lake just before 8 a.m. Saturday to a call of a vehicle falling through the ice.

Sheriff Mark Ott tells the Post-Crescent in Appleton that three vehicles in all ended up in the lake.

The victim is a 59-year-old man whose vehicle was submerged in about 16 feet of water. His name has not been released.

Ott says law enforcement cannot force people to stay off frozen lakes but he says it’s increasingly dangerous to go on them after recent warm temperatures.

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Comments (4)
  1. iceman says:

    @59 years old he certainly shoulda had enough common sense to check ice depths and ice condition before wandering around on the lake…you just don’t assume it’s safe…you have to check…also,around islands there is warmer water and a guy has to look out for springs,both flowing in/out and underground ones that can shoot up from the bottom…hate to hear this ,man

  2. iceman says:

    clearer white solid ice is good…darker bubble laiden ice is not,for you rookies out there

  3. fishisgoodwhencold says:

    clearer white solid ice is good…darker bubble laiden ice is not,for you rookies out there

  4. Northern Minnesota says:

    Come on people, use common sence. The ice is just not safe for vehicles to be on now that we had the warmer weather. Use your brains. Sorry to the family for their loss.

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