Three fall through Sodus Bay ice

March 14, 2019 06:42 PM

SODUS, N.Y. (WHEC) -- People took advantage of the nice weather Thursday and headed out for some ice fishing.

However, it wasn't so nice for three people who fell through the ice in Sodus Point, Wayne County.

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"Two of the people in the water were self rescued, but one was not able to get away," said Asst. Fire Chief Chuck Sergent with the Sodus Point Volunteer Fire Department.

The call came into 911 just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning. Three people had fallen in the Sodus Bay Third Creek.

Luckily, the fire department's ice technicians were in the water within minutes of the call.

"The two were on a four-wheeler. What we believe is they got a little too close to docks that had bubblers on them," Sergent said.

Bubblers keep the water moving so it won't freeze around the dock. Sergent says this kind of rescue becomes more common this time of year.

"With the temperatures we've had the last couple of days, and today the ice conditions are starting to deteriorate. So people really need to use extreme caution and diligence when doing anything on the ice," he said.

Sergent says the three people were evaluated at the scene and no one was seriously hurt.

Mark Eggert of Webster was also out fishing Thursday morning. News10NBC asked him about the conditions out on the ice.

"Up the middle, it's about eight to 10 inches," Eggert said. "Which will hold a truck if you wanted it to..."

Eggert has been ice fishing for 40 years. He says he tries not to take chances. On Thursday, he stayed in the center of the bay, but he says ice like this can be deceiving.

"I have fallen through before," he said chuckling. "Usually, I shouldn't have been out there. I had friends with me. We were prepared."


Lynette Adams

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