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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Three people escaped from a Chevy Trailblazer after the SUV broke through the ice Sunday on Big Lake, authorities said.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office says that those involved in incident were about 100 yards out from the shore and on about 7 inches of ice when physics took its toll around 5:30 p.m. The three – 45-year-old Steven Bergquist, of Big Lake, 46-year-old Natalie Muehring, of Albertville, and Bergquist’s 12-year-old son – were making their way to a fish house when the SUV’s rear section broke through the ice and became partially submerged.

The three crawled out of the SUV’s windows and onto the lake ice before the entire SUV broke through the ice and sank 25 feet to the bottom of the lake.

No one was injured, police said. Efforts to remove the SUV began Monday.

Police said Sunday’s incident is an example of this season’s “terribly inconsistent” ice conditions. They said several people and pieces of equipment have broken through the ice in the past several weeks.

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