ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday this winter season is on track to be one of the deadliest on the ice in more than five years.
DNR officials said since last November, at least five people have died after going through the ice in Minnesota. Officials said a sixth person is still missing and is presumed drowned. It’s the deadliest winter season since 2006-07, when eight people died in ice-related incidents.
Authorities said all fatalities this season have involved either a snowmobile or vehicle crashing into open water or breaking through the ice.
The DNR considers the winter season to go from November to April. Officials are reminding all outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going out on lakes for winter activities.