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Area Firefighters Rescue Person Who Broke Through Ice on Bay
Issue Date: March 11, 2020
Firefighters from the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department and the Marinette Fire Department rescued a man who went through the ice on the Bay near Pond Road, on Saturday, March 7. Town of Peshtigo Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Seils, reported his department received the call for help at 3:56 pm. Seils immediately used the MABAS system to have the Marinette Fire Dept., bring their hovercraft to the scene.
Once on scene firefighters discovered that a snowmobile had gone through the ice about a mile from shore. The driver of the snowmobile was planning to go ice fishing at the time of the incident. Marinette firefighters Chris Erickson, Jeff Peterson and Lt. Doug Vanwinkle drove the hovercraft to the location where the man had fallen in and lifted him out of the water and brought him to shore where emergency personnel transported him to Aurora Bay Area Hospital. Marinette firefighters returned to the area where the man had fallen in and brought back another individual to shore. The man who had fallen in was in the water for about 45 minutes according to firefighters.
Seils said his department used their UTV to get emergency personnel as close to the area as possible. Several firefighters had to walk approximately one mile to get to the location where the snowmobile had broken through the ice. A total of 12 firefighters responded to assist with the ice rescue.
Town of Peshtigo firefighters remained on scene till 6:30 p.m. that evening. Other agencies responding to the scene in addition to firefighters were Emergency Rescue Squad, Aurora Bay Area paramedics, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resource Wardens, and Marinette County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Jerry Sauve cautions anyone who is inclined to venture out onto the ice to use extreme caution, especially on the Bay of Green Bay. Sauve added that with this year's late developing ice did not allow for the normal thickness that develops during most winters. Now with warmer temperatures, wind, rain, and ice breaking operations announced by the US Coast Guard, the sheriff's office is appealing to all fishermen to be extremely careful or wait to ice fish till next year. No fish is worth the rick of a loss of life.