Truck goes through ice of Lake Winnebago, fellow fishermen pull man out

A pickup truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago in Menasha Feb. 9, 2018. (WLUK image)

MENASHA (WLUK) -- One person was rescued after a pickup truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago Friday morning.

Capt. Jim Peglow of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue said crews were called to the lake about three-quarters of a mile off Brighton Drive around 8:20 a.m. He said two vehicles were traveling together when one fell through the ice. It got stuck on a reef, with its top still sticking out of the water. A shanty the man was pulling got hung up on the ice.

Another person in his party threw him a rope and pulled him out. The man was wet and was already in the other truck by the time rescue crews arrived.

β€œIt’s a prime example of no ice is good ice. The two vehicles and the rescue boat were within 30-feet of each other. Our boat and the other truck was on the ice – and his truck and trailer broke through,” Peglow said.

Peglow said the incident was a good example of preparedness. The party had a rope and had a phone with which to call rescuers.

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