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Published December 14, 2011, 10:18 PM

Ottertail County authorities rescue man stranded on frozen lake

Ottertail County, MN (WDAY TV) - A 40 year-old Rothsay man is lucky to be alive tonight after a dicey rescue operation. The man fell through the ice on Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids about 7 o'clock after his 4 wheeler hit an ice ridge.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A 40 year-old Rothsay man is lucky to be alive tonight after a dicey rescue operation. The man fell through the ice on Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids about 7 o'clock after his 4 wheeler hit an ice ridge.

He got himself out, but then with the fog and cold he was disoriented. He was stuck on the middle of the lake. Rescue crews were called, but they too were in a precarious situation with poor ice conditions.

Despite the fact they had GPS coordinates and phone contact with the man they struggled to get to him. The Otter Tail County Sheriff says it was like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

After a 90 minute search, crews finally found the man.

Brian Schlueter – Ottertail County Sheriff: β€œHe was very happy to see them, he's actually talking, he was extremely cold, and he was soaked from head to toe. He didn't want to move because he didn't want to end up in the hole he crawled out of. He basically stood out there in that wind for an hour and a half.”

The man was taken to the hospital in Detroit Lakes to be checked out.

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