Bay County woman dies after snowmobile falls through ice in Alpena

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ALPENA COUNTY (WJRT) (1/4/2018) - A Bay County woman died Friday while rescuers frantically worked to pull her from the icy water on Long Lake in Alpena.

Michigan State Police investigators say 60-year-old Lynne Bever of Linwood was riding a snowmobile across the lake when she broke through the ice about 200 yards offshore.

A trooper who was a few miles from the scene while calls for help went out arrived minutes later to find Bever in the water and her boyfriend on the ice with his snowmobile nearby trying to reach her.

The trooper went onto the ice to attempt a rescue, but decided it was too weak to support him. Rescuers from the Alpena Township Fire Department and other Michigan State Police troopers donned survival suits to rescue the woman.

Two rescuers and Bever's boyfriend all broke through the ice while working to reach her. They were able to get her boyfriend out of the water quickly.

The rescue team belly crawled out of Bever, but they couldn't immediately get her back onto the ice. They attempted to render first aid while she was still in the water and more rescue equipment was en route to the scene.

However, police say Bever suffered cardiac arrest before an airboat from the East Grand Lake Fire Department was able to reach her. She was taken to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Alpena, where she was pronounced dead.

A medical examiner ruled her cause of death as drowning.

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