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Kalamazoo County fisherman rescued after falling through thin ice

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 16:00:18-05

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — A fisherman was rescued after falling through thin ice on Twin Lakes early Saturday afternoon.

At 1:33 p.m. Saturday, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call to assist firefighters in the area of Ravine Road and F Avenue in Alamo Township. Rescue workers had been sent to the area for a 42-year-old Kalamazoo man who had fallen through the ice.

The investigation showed that several people were ice fishing on Twin Lakes and called 9-1-1 when the 42-year-old Kalamazoo man fell through the ice. He was able to keep his head above water but could not get back onto the ice or out of the water.

While firefighters were putting on their wet suits and waiting for the rescue boat to be launched, the man was able to make it back onto the ice, but soon fell back into the water since the ice was not thick enough or strong enough to support him.

Once rescuers made it out to the middle of the lake, they were able to get the man out of the water and onto the rescue boat. He was brought to shore and walked on his own to Life EMS, who was waiting for them, and was then transported to Bronson Hospital.

Police have not released the man’s name.