MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities are urging people – yet again — to be cautious on all lakes due to thin ice and open water after a pickup truck broke through the ice Saturday on Lake Minnetonka.

The pickup truck, which was carrying two men, broke through the ice on Smith’s Bay and became submerged. The men escaped through the truck’s windows and made it to shore. They suffered no injuries, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities called Saturday’s incident a reminder that ice thickness is variable due to the recent warm weather. They said that the open water areas and channels on Lake Minnetonka are extremely dangerous.

They are urging people to also keep an eye on their kids and keep their dogs on leashes. Authorities said they’ve responded to incidents where pet owners put themselves at risk after their pets wander out onto unsafe ice.

Comments (11)
  1. Not Kevin says:

    Really? There are still people driving trucks on area lakes?

  2. Sandy says:

    I again really hope that there is NO insurance company that is covering the stupidity of these ignorant people and hopefully the authorities are charging them to pull their a@@ out!

    1. jean says:

      he doing your momma >can u just shut you dirty pie, she (sandy) right, and you a fool.

    2. sandybackatyadumba@@ says:

      You, are a dumb a@@ if you thing anyone needs to cover these dumb people that keep going on the ice amongst the upteen warnings they have had. How dumb can they be, how dumb are you – oh., THAT dumb! Seriously….

      1. jean says:

        like I said and sandy’s correct there is NO insurance company that is covering the stupidity of these ignorant people that keep going on the ice ,How dumb can they be

    3. Thin ice warnings...DUH! says:

      Sadly insurance companies DO cover those claims. That’s why our rates continue to go up….we need to pay for those mindless people that CHOOSE to drive on the ice, in a mild winter after NUMEROUS warnings to stay off. 😦
      I actually was driving by that area yesterday and MOST (two thirds) of the fisherman had their trucks parked off the ice. (100% parked off the ice would be a much safer number!)

  3. Susan says:

    I again hope there is NO insurance company that is covering the stupidity of these ignorant people and that they are being charged from anyone that has to rescure their dumb you know what…. There is that better ccO?????

  4. Swamp Rat says:

    Stupid is as Stupid does! Doesn’t anyone check the ice thickness by foot anymore before driving vehicles out on the ice? How dumb can you get? Remember, most insurance companies cover ‘damage’ to the vehicle not the ‘extraordinary expenditure’ of removing the vehicle from the ice unless you paid a hefty premium for that towing package rider.

    Also, don’t forget the fines for water pollution caused by your vehicle. If you want winter fish to eat/enjoy there are seafood markets to cater to your fishing tastes and cravings. They are a lot cheaper than losing your vehicle to thin lake ice.

    1. jean says:

      so very true, well said…:)

  5. The Infidel says:

    Hmm, Jean, Sandy, Susan, all the same person? Methinks so!

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