Snowmobiler rescued after falling into icy Rice Lake
A snowmobiler was treated for hypothermia Saturday after breaking through thin ice and falling into Rice Lake.
At about 11:32 a.m. Feb. 8, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of someone in the near the south side of Rice Lake near Rock-Rice Road, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
Jason Morris, 36, of Milaca, told sheriff deputies he was snowmobiling southbound on Rice Lake when he approached open water, where water flows between Rock and Rice Lake. He tried avoiding the open water, but his snowmobile skidded and broke through thin ice, according to the release.
Individuals passing by on snowmobiles saw Morris and were able to use a tow strap to pull him out of the water before officers arrived, according to the release.
Morris was taken to Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.
Becker County Dive Rescue, Callaway Fire Department and Detroit Lakes Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene. The incident remains under investigation.