|3/9/2017 4:18:00 PM|
Moody Lake ice rescue quickly goes south for local man, DNR officer
A man from St. Paul, identified by authorities as Skyllar Vujongyia, went through the ice Sunday, March 5 while fishing on Moody Lake in Chisago Lake Township South. A local passerby tried to rescue him and also broke through. Dispatch was receiving calls about the perilous situation around 5:20 p.m.
First to arrive was a Conservation Officer with the Department of Natural Resources. He threw a rope to the would-be rescuer, identified as Zachary Markgraf, Scandia. The ice gave way under the C.O. and with the original victim out about 100 yards from shore and the good samaritan about half that distance off-shore, now all three were in the water.
First Responders from Lindstrom Fire, Chisago City Fire and the sheriff’s office managed to bring all three men into safety, and Lakes Region EMS provided care for hypothermia. Once in stable condition, the sheriff’s department reports they went to Fairview Medical Center to be checked out.
Rules for ice fishing shelters called for their removal by Monday this week but most fishermen had houses off the lakes days before that due to freeze and thaw conditions early this year. The date for shelter removal north of a line drawn by Hwy. 10 to 34, east to 200 and then Hwy. 2 to the Wisconsin border -- is March 20.