ATVs Break Through Ice, Three Rescued

Three men were rescued Saturday after ATVs crashed through ice on the waters of Green Bay near County N about one-half mile south of Sugar Creek County Park in the Door County town of Gardner.

The Door County Sheriff’s Office said the preliminary investigation indicates that a 58 year-old Kewaunee man and a 22-year-old Brussels man were returning to shore after fishing around 2 pm, Jan. 15. The Kewaunee man was driving an ATV and towing an ATV that had broken down earlier in the day. The Brussels man was on the towed ATV. The ATV being driven by the Kewaunee man broke through the ice and he went into the water. The ATV that was being towed was able to remain on the ice.

A 45 year-old Winneconne man tried to assist them and his ATV also broke through the ice and he went into the water as well.

Both subjects were rescued from the water. The Kewaunee man was transported by ambulance to the Brussels Fire Station and then airlifted to a Green Bay hospital by Eagle III for treatment. The Winneconne man was treated at the scene and released. The Brussels man was brought to shore by an airboat from the United States Coast Guard and did not need any medical treatment.

Door County Emergency Services, Gardner First Responders, the Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Department, the Southern Door Fire Department, and the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The Door County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that no ice is ever 100% safe. Check the conditions before venturing onto the ice and be aware that conditions can change during the day. Before heading out, be sure you have a charged cell phone and let someone know where you are and when you’ll be back. Dress for the weather conditions and carry ice picks with you in case you fall through the ice.

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