Father, son die after falling through ice while fishing

Posted at 2:56 PM, Feb 01, 2016

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Highland Township man and his 4-year-old son have died after falling through ice while fishing on an Oakland County lake, northwest of Detroit.

Highland Township Assistant Fire Chief Richard Cole says witnesses reported seeing them go into Alderman Lake about 10:37 a.m. Monday.

The pair was rushed to a nearby hospital after sheriff’s divers pulled them from the water, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The names of the victims were not released. Cole says they were wearing snowmobile suits and neither had on a life vest.

Cole calls the deaths “a tragic accident” and says “with these fluctuating temperatures, no one should be on the ice unless they have a live vest or a life preserver.”

Local temperatures Monday were in the mid-30s to low 40s.