Hole in ice on Duck Creek sends warning

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Here is another sign that it’s better to be safe than sorry when heading out on the ice. Local 5’s Kris Schuller has more on an emergency call in Howard this morning, that thankfully had a happy ending.

A hole in the ice on Duck Creek in Howard brought out Brown County emergency personnel to investigate, all prepared for the worst.

“We responded to a report of snowmobile tracks on the Duck Creek that went into an open hole and there were no tracks seen by the complainant exiting the area,” said Lt. John Bain from Brown County.

The scene certainly appeared suspicious at first. But after a short time, deputies determined – while a snowmobile likely fell through the ice – the owner and machine were long gone.

“It was pretty clear to us that no one was in danger at the current moment, but the deteriorating ice conditions are of concern,” Bain said.

“I think it’s too early to drive vehicles out. I know there are some 4-wheelers driving out on the bay,” said Eric Kennedy, out ice fishing on Duck Creek.

Kennedy was fishing just a few hundred feet from that hole. He says right now the thickness of the ice varies greatly.

“There is about 3 to 5 inches of ice on most of the river so far,” Kennedy said.

 He says if you’re going to go out, you have to use your head.

“Check with local fishermen, read online what the ice depths are and be careful,” said Kennedy.

“Whether ice fishing, snowmobiling, even just a walk – make sure that the ice is going to be able to carry the load and be safe rather than sorry,” Bain said.

Bait shops and fishing clubs are also good resources when it comes to checking ice conditions.

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