Two dead after falling through ice on South Dakota lake

South Dakota News

HAMLIN COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — Two people are dead after an ATV fell through the ice at Lake Poinsett Saturday night.

Emergency crews were called to the northern end of Lake Poinsett Saturday evening in response to an ATV and two individuals that had broken through the ice shortly after 6 p.m.

According to the Hamlin Country Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, the two individuals were retrieved from the water and taken to Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown. At the hospital, the 60-year-old man and 8-year-old boy were pronounced dead.

Following the rescue, the Brookings Dispatch Center received a 911 call that a four-wheeler and shack had fallen through the ice and were partially submerges in the water on the northeast side of Lake Poinsett. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and no injuries were reported in the incident.

The Hamlin County Sherriff’s Office is reminding anglers to use caution on the lake as ice thickness can change from several inches to just an inch in a matter of a short distance.


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