Saturday Ice Rescue Near Town of Gardner

A call was made for a possible ice rescue Saturday afternoon on the bay of Green Bay in the Town of Gardner. Just before 2:30 pm, offshore from about a half-mile south of Sugar Creek County Park, a 58 year-old Kewaunee man and his ATV went through the ice while he was towing a non-functioning ATV carrying a Brussels man. The Brussels man and his ATV did not break through, but the Kewaunee man and his ATV ended up in the water. Soon after, a 45 year-old Winneconne man was approaching on his ATV to assist when he and his vehicle broke through the ice as well. The emergency response included personnel from the US Coast Guard, the DNR, The Door County Sheriff’s Office, Door County EMS, Gardner first responders, and the fire departments of Brussels-Union-Gardner, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie describes this response………

Both the Kewaunee man and Winneconne man were rescued from the water. The Kewaunee man was rushed to the Brussels fire station. Fire Chief Vandertie tells us more………..

The Winneconne man received medical attention on the scene, but was soon released. The Brussels man who had not gone through the ice was rescued by a Coast Guard airboat and required no medical attention. This morning, Fire Chief Vandertie reports that the Kewaunee man has been released from the hospital and is doing fine. The Door County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone that no ice is 100% safe. Those ice conditions can change throughout the day. If you are going out on the ice you should make sure to bring a well-charged cell phone. Bring an ice pick in case you do break through the ice, and it’s a good idea to let someone know where you will be on the ice and when you plan to return.

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