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Vehicles sink in water after being brought out on ice too early Submitted: 12/17/2017
CRESCENT - Some people decided to bring their snowmobiles and ATV's out on the ice a little too early this season.
One man had to recover two of those vehicles after they sunk in lakes.
Tom Quandt own Bull Dog Off Road Removal. He got his first recovery call of the season Saturday, and a second Sunday.
He says getting two calls in two days is abnormal and that it's too early to bring vehicles out on water.

"A good season for recoveries its bad ice right off the get go. If it had waited to get the snow or a few more weeks of colder weather the lakes would have been a heck of a lot more safer," said Quandt.

Sunday Quandt recovered a UTV from Emma Lake in Crescent.
It sank twelve feet in water.
Some recoveries can take more than 6 hours.
They can cost from 500 hundred dollars up to a couple thousand.

Story By: Phylicia Ashley

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