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ATV goes through ice on Graham Lake near Frazee

A crew from Tri-State Diving in Detroit Lakes winch up an ATV that went through the ice on Graham Lake Sunday. Submitted photo1 / 3
On Tuesday, the crew from Tri-State Diving works to locate the sunken ATV and hook on cables to pull it out of Graham Lake. Submitted photo2 / 3
Muddy from two days in Graham Lake, the ATV sits on the ice after being pulled out. Submitted photo3 / 3

A two-person side-by-side ATV operated by a Perham man went through the ice on Graham Lake southwest of Frazee on Sunday.

The ATV was pulled out of the lake on Tuesday afternoon by a crew from Tri-State Diving, said owner Gary Thompson. "We were down there from noon until 3:30 p.m.—he went through right on the ice road—this time of year it seems to happen more and more," Thompson said.

The Tri-State Diving crew found that the thickness of ice on the lake varied wildly—from 24 inches to 4 inches on the ice road and even 2 inches in places, Thompson said.

The movement of tullibee and other fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of a lake, thinning the ice and causing snowmobiles and cars to break through, according to the DNR.

The Tri-State crew just kept punching holes as they advanced onto the lake to check the ice thickness, adjusting their course to stay on the thick ice, Thompson said. "The last thing we need is our equipment on the bottom of the lake," he said.

It's not clear how many people were in the ATV when it went through the ice, but nobody was hurt. The owner of the ATV is from Perham, Thompson said. "They weren't hauling a fish house or anything, they were just out fishing for the day on Sunday," he said.