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The father and the daughter from Wisconsin drowned tragically today in a ice pond. Obviously, the early formed thin ice was not safe to skate. Hope you ice fishing zealots don’t make similar mistakes. Yes, ice fishing is fun, but life is priceless.

Always take extra-precautions when walking on the ice..
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(CNN) -- The bodies of a father and his 9-year-old daughter were pulled from an ice-covered pond in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, on Friday, hours after they fell through, authorities said.

Authorities suspect the girl fell through to the icy water while skating and her 44-year-old father fell through the ice while trying to pull her out, Sheboygan County Sheriff Michael Helmke said. The girl's sister, 6, witnessed the ncident and ran to a nearby house to get help. "We were unable to make a rescue," Helmke said.

Rescuers, dressed in red and yellow protective suits and tethered together, converged on the scene about 11 a.m. local and recovered the father's body from the pond about three hours later. It took another 45 minutes to find the girl.

From two inflatable rafts, the rescue workers used poles in an attempt to detect anything below the water's surface.

Video from the scene showed at least three fire trucks on the pond's edge with two ladders extended into the water. Ambulances waited nearby.
The ice was about 3 inches thick -- thinner in some areas -- and the pond was between 8- and 10-feet deep, authorities said. Solid ice 2-inches thick can support one person on foot or skates, according to data available on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Web site.

The accident was the second of the day in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Earlier Friday police rescued an 11-year-old boy from a pond in Waldo after he went through the ice on his all-terrain vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

Cedar Grove is a Lake Michigan town of approximately 2,000 people about 30 miles north of Milwaukee. The temperature in the region early Friday afternoon was about 22 degrees.
 

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You think stupid is a good choice of words right now? This is a tragic accident. The report itself says the ice was 3". My prayers go out to the family.
 

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My prayers are also with that family, Its a tragedy. But The report said 3 inches in some spots. You cant say that wasnt recklesness on the fathers part.:sad: :sad:
RIP.
 

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That's just awful. What else can you say.

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Was thinking to myself today, wonder if i can get out on the ice....but as in past years, i wait till i see another gung-ho person before i trek out. Very sad story, god bless...

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TrailFndr said:
Another unfortunate reminder of why I won't let my daughter on the ice till its at least 6 inches thick...and I won't go on my own till its 4 or more
I like to see a group of people out there before I will venture out.
Makes it even better if I see snowmobiles / quads on the ice.
I have been on ice that was undulating with the incoming waves, won't do that again.
Rich
 

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First and last ice I will wear my neoprene jetskiing life jacket. Warm, can be worm underneath with out problems, and will save my life.
 

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FishTales said:
Makes it even better if I see snowmobiles / quads on the ice.
I've had my spud go through fairly easily while testing on snowmobile tracks before. I can only assume they were moving out pretty fast 'cause if they stopped where I was at they probably would have gone through. I don't know if I'd always use snowmobile tracks as a good indicator of safe ice.

Have spud, will travel...
 

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RichP said:
I've had my spud go through fairly easily while testing on snowmobile tracks before. I can only assume they were moving out pretty fast 'cause if they stopped where I was at they probably would have gone through. I don't know if I'd always use snowmobile tracks as a good indicator of safe ice.

Have spud, will travel...
RichP,
It's possible where you were at it got a little warmer and the ice may have melted a little.
There is no way I would follow snowmobile tracks, thats why I said I would like to see the machines and people out on the ice.
Rich
 

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FishTales said:
RichP,
It's possible where you were at it got a little warmer and the ice may have melted a little.
There is no way I would follow snowmobile tracks, thats why I said I would like to see the machines and people out on the ice.
Rich
I hear what you're saying, but that wasn't the case in my example above. There were several snowmobiles out there that day and I was thinking what you were alluding too, that all must be well if they're out there. Turns out they were just boneheads, as I was too for going as far out as I did before spudding around. Unlike them however, I quickly backtracked...
 
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