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 …
New equipment would be used in murky or deep-water recoveries, such as the 100-foot depths found in Lake Minnetonka.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management for $145,000 in grant funding to purchase an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV) and dive-team training and equipment for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The ROV would be owned, operated and maintained by the sheriff’s office. It would be used in murky or deep-water recoveries (such as the 100-foot depths found in Lake Minnetonka), in combination with sonar equipment the sheriff’s office already uses to recover drowning victims and evidence needed in criminal investigations. The ROV will allow for quicker recovery of drowning victims and greater safety for the dive team.