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Water Patrol Vehicle Breaks Through Ice on Lake Minnetonka

Saturday accident near Cedar Point occurred while deputies were placing thin ice signs to warn residents of precarious conditions in the area.

Deputies assigned to the Hennepin County Sheriff Office's Water Patrol Unit were out on Lake Minnetonka posting thin ice signs Saturday afternoon when their vehicle broke through the ice near Cedar Point.

The accident occurred in about three feet of water, and no injuries were reported, according to the sheriff's office.

Cedar Point is located on the south side of Wayzata Bay.

What is described as a Ranger vehicle, similar to a golf cart, broke through a pressure ridge. The vehicle remained in the water as of this posting.

Unseasonably warm weather late last week, which included Friday rain showers, had prompted Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek to issue a thin ice advisory, and the deputies were placing signage in an area known to be susceptible to thin ice conditions.

To date there have been no fatalities blamed on thin ice in Minnesota this season.

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  • Thin Ice and Other Dangers
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Nicholas.g.c January 19, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I like how they admit to being dumb. The know it all water patrol deliberatly drove over a pressure ridge. Idiots..Everyone knows there is air under pressure ridges. You should not even walk near them.
A May 01, 2013 at 09:09 PM
This is completely inaccurate!
A May 01, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I heard they were on patrol and tried to avoid the ice ridge at night. When they drove toward shore, they hit thin ice.

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