Green Lake County man rescued after fall through ice

BIG GREEN LAKE, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Lake County Sheriff's Office worked Friday afternoon to rescue a man who fell through the ice on Beyers Cove, a backwater to Big Green Lake about 5 miles south of Princeton.

911 calls indicated the 79-year-old, out ice fishing, had fallen into the water and was yelling for help.

When deputies arrived minutes after the dispatch call, a citizen helped authorities get the man back to shore using a canoe. He was not hurt and refused transport for medical attention.

Sheriff Mark Podoll, who was at the scene, said: "While ice is never considered completely safe, this late in the year even foot travel upon our local ice should not be attempted." Podoll continued: "This could have gone a tragic direction if it weren’t for the actions of another local citizen who acted quickly and made a big difference in this positive outcome."