Snowmobilers take icy dip in Wisconsin River
On Saturday at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a report of a snowmobile that had gone through the ice on the Wisconsin River north of Lake Alexander. Initial reports indicated that there were two people in the water at that location.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Merrill Fire Department, and Town of Corning First Responders all responded to the scene. The Tomahawk Fire Department Dive Team was also put on standby.
When emergency crews arrived on scene, the two females had already been able to crawl back up onto the ice and go to a nearby residence where they were provided with warm clothes and blankets. They were treated for exposure but declined medical transport.
The recent warm weather combined with somewhat significant snowfall in the past week has created unsafe ice conditions on several area waterways, particularly those connected to river systems where water current is also a factor. Anyone that ventures onto the ice is advised to check local conditions daily as well as to exercise extreme caution at all times.