No injuries reported after vehicle fell through ice on Leech Lake

Leech Lake, near Horseshoe Bay Resort, Jan. 6, 2023. Photo courtesy of Cass County Sheriff’s Office

No one was injured after a vehicle fell through the ice on Leech Lake Friday morning, but officials are reminding everyone to follow guidelines when it comes to ice.

According to a release, the driver, a 19-year-old male from Buffalo, was on the plowed roadway near Horseshoe Bay Resort with a snowplow attached to a 2007 Dodge Ram when the large crack formed.

He was able to escape the vehicle without injury.

Ice conditions in the area varied, with the ice road re-routed and anglers in the area notified.

Newly-elected Cass County Sheriff Brian Welk reminds everyone that no ice should be considered 100 percent safe and to use common sense when venturing onto the hardwater, such as:

  • Check existing ice conditions as you travel.
  • Check with local bait shops, resorts, gas stations, and/or other anglers for conditions.
  • Consider other means of transportation besides a motor vehicle. (ATV, snowmobile or foot travel are good choices)
  • Do not travel on the lake after dark.
  • Always notify someone of the area you are traveling in and your expected return time.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Be familiar with the lake – carry a map.
  • If you need emergency assistance, call 911.
  • Consider a GPS unit to help you on and off the lake.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • Pay attention to warning signs that are posted. Remember warning signs cannot be posted everywhere.
  • When available, access the lake through a resort or public access and travel only on plowed roads.

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