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Truck falls through thin ice on Boom Lake Submitted: 12/24/2019
Zack White
Zack White
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Truck falls through thin ice on Boom Lake
RHINELANDER - Around 10:00 p.m. Monday, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 fell through the ice on Boom Lake in Rhinelander.

Tuesday morning Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service responded to the call with a six-man crew and a diver in an attempt to recover the vehicle.

Recovery Diver Nick Strupp said the dive was a very difficult venture.

"There is no visibility, you can't see anything," said Strupp. "I had about four inches of visibility with my light, you're working in complete darkness and everything is by touch and feel, it's a very hazardous situation."


According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), ice must be thicker than eight inches before it can sustain the weight of vehicles.

Even with the DNR's recommendations, Strupp warns that ice is always a hazard, no matter how thick it is. Strupp said precautions should always be taken.

"Always make sure you have an escape route on your vehicle," said Strupp "I would encourage having the window down because when you do go through the ice you will not be able to open up your door."

Strupp recommends carrying some sort of tool to help you get out of the ice if a situation takes a turn for the worse. 

"It is very hard to get out a hole, without any sort of securing device or ice picks," said Strupp.

No injuries from the Monday night accident have been reported.


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