Three vehicles fall through ice on Madison Lake

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office reported that three vehicles had fallen through the ice on Madison Lake on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Captain Paul Barta said the vehicles had fallen through the ice in the area of the narrows on Madison Lake, southwest of the Point Pleasant Resort and Campground. He added the area had open water within the past week.

The first vehicle, a Ford Escape, broke through the ice and became fully submerged at 11:51 a.m. All three occupants were able to escape with no apparent injuries.

The second vehicle, a Dodge Dakota, broke through the ice, becoming fully submerged at 9:17 p.m. Barta reported the four occupants were able to escape with no apparent injuries.

The third vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup, faced the same fate at 10:13 p.m. Its three occupants were also able to escape without harm.

Barta said his office is working with local businesses to help spread the word. He also said additional signage has been placed at the landing to further warn those attempting to access the lake.

“The public is reminded that ice should never be considered completely safe as conditions continuously change,” Barta stated. “Being familiar with the lake is important and local bait shops and businesses are often able to provide the most up-to-date information on current ice conditions and areas of danger.”


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