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Two rescued after fall through ice near Stockton Island

Two snowmobilers were rescued near Stockton Island on Wednesday morning after they broke through 2 inches of newly formed, snow-covered Lake Superior ice.

Two snowmobilers were rescued near Stockton Island on Wednesday morning after they broke through 2 inches of newly formed, snow-covered Lake Superior ice.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Bayfield station and the Apostle Islands National Park Service received a report from the Ashland County Dispatch Center at 8:29 a.m. that a 67-year-old man had gone through the ice near Stockton Island's Quarry Bay.

Three airboats -- one from the Park Service and Coast Guard, and one each from the La Pointe and Ashland fire departments -- were dispatched, as was a Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City, Mich.

The first rescuers arriving on the scene found that two snowmobilers had gone through the ice. Both victims had pulled themselves from the water, but were suffering from mild hypothermia. The La Pointe Fire Department airboat transported the victims to Ashland Fire and Emergency Medical Services at Roy's Point.

Authorities remind people to be careful when they venture onto the ice.

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