Michigan Fisherman Falls Through Ice, Killed

Jan. 02--Authorities warned people to stay off the ice on area lakes after an ice fisherman died and two other men were rescued from the water by firefighters in Oakland County in separate incidents.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that no ice in the county can be considered safe this early in the season.

The body of a 63-year-old ice fisherman from Rose Township was recovered from Hartwig Lake in Groveland Township on Tuesday, a day after he apparently fell through the ice and drowned, the Sheriff's Office said.

The man went fishing on the lake, near Holly, about 8 a.m. Monday. When he hadn't returned by about 7 p.m., his family called police, the office said.

His truck and fishing gear were found near a large hole in the ice. A dive team search was called off shortly thereafter because of dangerous weather conditions.

The search resumed at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The dive team located the body in about 12 feet of water.

The man's name was not released.

The Waterford Regional Fire Department reported it rescued two men who fell through the ice Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived at Scott Lake about 11 a.m. to find two adult men had fallen through the ice, the department said. One was 150 feet from shore, and the other was about 100 feet.

Firefighters said the second man saw the first man fall through the ice and attempted to rescue him, then fell through himself.

Firefighters used ice rescue suits and ropes to reach the men. They also used two boats found on shore.

One of the men was transported to a hospital. His condition was unknown. The second man was treated at the scene and released, firefighters said.

One firefighter hurt his hand in the rescue, according to a news release from the department. His exact injury wasn't known.

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