ELBOW LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — A father was able to rescue his 5-year-old son after the two of them fell through the ice on Pelican Lake over the weekend, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy McCauley, 39, was on the east side of Pelican Lake with his son Gavin early Saturday morning when, according to authorities, he drove his ATV into a pressure ridge and fell through the ice.

The sheriff’s office reported Timothy McCauley was able to grab his son and escape by climbing onto his portable fish house, which was still attached.

Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne reminded that no travel is advised on lakes within the county, due to ice heaves and open water.

Comments (9)
  1. Kevin says:

    Wow…cleanse the gene pool….

  2. rex says:

    No kidding! Can you say stupid?

  3. Lori says:

    Its 40 degrees outside. Where is the common sense? There should be a fine and jail time for doing something stupid like this. Endangering your 5 year old, and potentially risking the lives of others to save you from a stupid move like this. Happy New Year!

  4. Ruth says:

    He must be related to the moron from Sauk Center who did the same thing with his 3 year old son. Both should be charged with child endangerment, heavily fined and pay to haul their ATVs out of the water. I guess you can’t fix stupid.

    1. Brett says:

      Agreed. Stupid white trash, don’t have any more brains than a DOG. The dad should be facing criminal charges, I can’t even FATHOM what he was thinking, especially if he has spent more than a couple of winters here.

      1. Molly says:

        Don’t insult the dogs, they actually would have more ‘brains’ than this goofy-father. Total moron stupidity. I feel sick for that boy that he doesn’t have a father that cares about him more than this. jail time is right!!!

  5. again says:

    Wow a couple more progressives making good choices.

  6. Ice is a little thicker up North says:

    Can anyone say “Child Endangerment”? It’s one thing when adults test the ice but why take your children out for the test run?
    What a bone head thing to do.

    1. Brett says:

      Most people THINK that the ice is thicker up north, but that isn’t necessarily the case, especially where rivers and streams run thru the lake(s). Until we get at least a few nights with BELOW ZERO temps, I wouldn’t walk a DOG on a frozen lake, let alone take a machine out or drag a big fish house out there. Do you really want to lose your LIFE over a fish or just a ‘fun run’? Those of you who think that dropping into freezing water should watch the end of ‘Titanic’ again, maybe more than ONCE.