HATLEY, WI (WTAQ) - Two people escaped injury when their SUV plunged through the ice on a lake east of Wausau.
Rescuers were sent to the Pike Lake Resort in Hatley Thursday afternoon. Somebody saw the SUV break through, and was not sure if anyone was inside.
Authorities said the two people managed to escape the vehicle as it sunk, and they made it back to the shore. A state DNR warden said the ice was about 6 inches thick at that spot – but it was two inches thicker on other parts of the lake.
The warden said speed might also have been a factor. The SUV fell about 30 feet to the bottom of the lake, and officials say the owners will have a month to get it out.
The DNR reminds ice fishers to check ice conditions before going out. Officials say about 4 inches of ice are needed to walk on it. And vehicles need at least 5 inches or more of safe ice, depending on their size.