Workers Cut Out Shanty Stuck in Ice - WBAY

Workers Cut Out Shanty Stuck in Ice

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Lake Butte des Morts -

We've been reporting all winter how the cold weather has made for incredibly good ice conditions for anglers and spearers on local lakes. But as the deadline of last Sunday for shanties to come off the ice has come and gone, one particular shack isn't moving.

For about 40 years Don Herman from Sunk? Dive and Ice Services has successfully been pulling cars, trucks, snowmobiles, and ATVs out of the water after they've fallen through the ice. Decades later, he may have finally met his match with an ice shanty on Lake Butte des Morts.

"I'm on a mission now," says Herman, "because there's never been one that I haven't pulled out in forty years so we'll get it."

The owner of the shanty tells us he put the shack on the ice back in December, but a fluke hole cut by someone else nearby weeks later flooded his shanty which in the cold weather then froze, leaving the shack unusable and as Herman's crew learned nearly impossible to remove.

Shanty Owner David Stadler says, "The door got frozen in. You couldn't get in the door even if you wanted to fish in it, you couldn't open the door. The kids didn't even get to use it."

Armed with ice picks, saws, shovels and even a jack hammer, Don Herman and his crew of almost ten are chipping, chiseling and sawing away -- with very little progress.

Says Herman, "We thought we were going to cut around it, chop it off and everything. I did not think there was going to be 36, 40 inches of ice here."

So with equipment that could have easily completed this job had there only been a foot to eighteen inches of ice, Don Herman may have to leave this for tonight and come up with plan B tomorrow.

He says, "We have a 48 inch bar at our shop which we didn't bring. We thought 42 was enough, so we're going to have to change the bar and come back and cut it again."

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