3 people rescued after falling through ice on a New Jersey lake
Experts say at least 4 inches of ice is needed to support walking or ice fishing
MORRIS COUNTY, N.J. -- Three people are safe after falling through thin ice due to the daring efforts of first responders in northern New Jersey.
The Netcong Police Department said officers responded to Lake Musconetcong on Sunday after receiving a report that a vehicle and person fell through the ice.
Upon arrival, police found a handful of people on the lake’s ice, pointing out where the man was in distress.
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Police said they directed all the bystanders to shore but during the process a man and a women fell through the ice into the cold water.
First responders used rope to pull the two bystanders from the lake while a team with ice rescue equipment attended to the original victim, who was reported to be more than 300 yards from the shoreline.
Crews dressed in ice rescue suits successfully rescued the man who they believe was on his motorcycle when the ice gave way.
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After successfully rescuing the victims from the lake, police say all three were checked out and treated by awaiting EMS personnel.
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While it is unknown what caused the frozen surface to give way, experts advise you never to adventure out on the ice of unknown thickness.
At least four inches of ice is needed to support a human’s weight sufficiently, and at least eight inches is recommended before attempting to drive a small-sized vehicle on.