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Sartell Man Is In Critical Condition After Falling Into Little Rock Lake Friday

11/15/2013 - 9:40 AM

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A man is in critical condition after being rescued from being submerged in about 10 feet of water in Little Rock Lake Friday.

According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call from someone who saw a man that was approximately 200 yards from shore near the area of Erdmann’s Point on the east shore of Little Rock Lake. By the time the Benton County Sheriff’s, Rice Police Department, Rice Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers arrived at the scene, the victim, 30-year-old Joshua Johnson of Sartell was submerged below the water. Rescuers located Johnson in about 10 feet of water.

Johnson was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Prior to falling through the thin ice, investigating deputing found that Johnson was ice fishing on the lake, where the thickness was found to be 1 and half to two inches. The public is advised to stay off the local waterways at this time for recent warm weather has weakened the ice that has formed.