Ice fishermen, ATV riders break through ice in separate accidents

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BAY COUNTY (WJRT) (2/19/2018) - One person is dead and three others sustained injuries in separate ice accidents on Saturday and Monday.

Around 7:15 a.m. Monday, rescue workers from Bay County and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of two ice fishermen in distress on Saginaw Bay east of Pinconning.

One fisherman had fallen through the ice and started yelling for help. Another fisherman nearby heard the cries for help and rushed over, but he fell through the ice as well.

Rescue workers brought an airboat to pluck both of them from the water. One was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw in unknown condition while the other was treated and released at the scene.

In a separate accident on Saturday evening, an ATV crashed through the ice on Lake Lancer in Gladwin County's Butman Township around 6:30 p.m.

David McCloe, a 63-year-old Gladwin man, was driving a 2018 Can-Am ATV with 58-year-old Monica Johnson as a passenger across the ice when they broke through.

McCloe was able to pull himself out of the ATV as it sank, but Johnson became submerged and could not get herself back above water. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

McCloe told the Gladwin County Sheriff's Office that he was in the water for about 20 minutes yelling for help before an unknown male pulled him out. McCloe was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center in Gladwin.

The sheriff's office advises anyone driving across ice to be prepared for disaster at any time and always have a plan of action in mind if the vehicle falls through.

Ice conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly this week as high temperatures hit the 50s and 60s through Wednesday.

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