CLEAR LAKE – A pickup truck pulling an ice shack broke through the ice near Dodge’s Point on Clear Lake’s south shore late Friday afternoon.
Christopher Cash, 40, was driving eastbound on Clear Lake at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday when the 2004 Chevrolet pickup broke through the ice about 450 feet west of Dodge’s Point. Both Cash and a passenger, 24-year-old Branden Schare, of Clear Lake, were both able to safely get out of the truck before it sunk.
It is expected that the truck will be removed from Clear Lake early next week.
“Evidently the high winds we have had hitting the open water around the aerators caused wave action under the ice along a seam creating a soft spot,” said Ben Bergman, a conservation officer for the DNR.
With the high winds and open water from the aerators, Bergman said ice conditions can be unpredictable.
“People driving on the ice need to pay attention to the wind speed and direction. Ice conditions can change drastically in a 24-hour period,” said Bergman.