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Firefighters rescue man from ice at Goose Island


TOWN OF SHELBY, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Firefighters had to rescue a man stuck on the ice at Goose Island Sunday morning.

The Shelby Fire Department got a 9-1-1 call around 10:05 a.m. when a person heard the man screaming for help.

When responders arrived, they found the man lying on the ice, about 400 yards from the shoreline, said Tony Holinka, assistant fire chief.

According to Holinka, the man was somewhat responsive. He told firefighters his name and that he was trapping raccoons.

It took about 25 minutes for responders to get the man back to shore and into an ambulance.

"A lot of us know the area really well, so we knew that the ice that he was on was good," Holinka said. "But the water underneath it wasn't very deep and we were pretty much walking through frozen mud and a little layer of ice on top of that."

Firefighters advise people going ice fishing or trapping this winter to bring a spud and ice auger to check how thick the ice is. People should also always let someone know where they're going and for how long.

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