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Weather makes rescue challenging in Cook County

Four ice fishermen were rescued after their snowmobiles became stuck in deep slush on Greenwood Lake in Cook County on Sunday. At about 3 p.m., the Cook County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from the Ontario Provincial Police, who said the ...

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Four ice fishermen were rescued after their snowmobiles became stuck in deep slush on Greenwood Lake in Cook County on Sunday.

At about 3 p.m., the Cook County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from the Ontario Provincial Police, who said the fishermen connected to a Canadian cellular signal while calling 911. The men could not pinpoint their location on the 2,043-acre lake, the Sheriff's Office said.

At the scene, first responders' snowmobiles also became stuck in what authorities described as 14 inches of slush on the lake. After extracting one of the snowmobiles, first responders used long-track snowmobiles and snowshoes to search the lake in high winds and low visibility. They found the men around 5:50 p.m., and one of the fishermen showed signs of "advanced hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration." The victim was stabilized en route to the ambulance, however many roads in the area were impassable due to the winter storm, and a local contractor was required to plow a route for the ambulance.

"I highly commend everyone who took part in this operation during extremely tough conditions today," Sheriff Pat Eliasen said Sunday evening in a news release. "We strongly recommend people heed weather warnings and conditions, let people know where you are going and how long you expect to be gone."

The news release did not identify the fishermen.

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In addition to the Sheriff's Office, Cook County Search & Rescue, Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department/EMS, Cook County North Shore Health Ambulance and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the scene.

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