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Authorities warn of unsafe ice on area lakes

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A thin ice warning sign.
A thin ice warning sign.

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Warmer weather in the past few days may be a welcome event for most Wisconsinites, but some aren't too happy.

Take drivers who plunged through ice on lakes across Northeast Wisconsin.

Don Herman from the Otter Street Fishing Club and Sunk Dive and Ice Service tells FOX 11 someone fell through the ice on Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh.

Herman said the driver went through the ice while coming back to shore from fishing. The driver wasn't injured, and Herman was able to pull the truck out of the water.

Meanwhile, Door County officials say a 59-year-old Sturgeon Bay man went through the ice on his snowmobile.

It happened just before 6:45 p.m. Friday between the Maple-Oregon Street Bridge and the Bayview Bridge in Sturgeon Bay.

Police say the man was traveling toward the city's downtown when he turned around and the back of his snowmobile went through the ice.

The man said he was in the water for 1 to 3 minutes up to his neck but was able to pull himself out. He was not injured.

Authorities said they suspected he had been drinking, and tell FOX 11 the man then admitted he was drinking. Officials say initial tests showed he was over the legal limit. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

Officials are urging everyone to use caution on the ice and venture out at their own risk.

The Door County Sheriff's Department said conditions have deteriorated with the warm weather and the predicted rain will only make them worse.

They said anyone going out on the ice shouldn't go alone, carry a cell phone, have proper clothing and equipment and be aware of current ice conditions and weather.

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