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Sparta man rescued from Perch Lake


 SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - A close call for a Sparta man fishing on Perch Lake Monday.

Sparta Police said shortly after 3 p.m. Bradley Stahlsberg, 27, parked his vehicle by the boat landing to go fishing.  Police said Stahlsberg was fishing in front of his van when it came out of gear and rolled forward pinning Stahlsberg under the front of the van partially in the lake.  Stahlsberg was able to keep his head above water as police removed the vehicle.

Stahlsberg was taken to an area hospital.   He was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.


 SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW)  A Sparta man is lucky to be alive after he was pinned under a vehicle submerged in Perch Lake in Memorial Park.

 Sparta Police said they were called shortly at 3 p.m. Monday to the park in the city.  When they arrived at the lake, police noticed a vehicle in the water and a male  pinned under the front end of the vehicle.  Police said the man was conscious and able to keep his head above water. After a short time, the vehicle was removed from the lake along with the man.  He was then transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and Mayo Clinic Health System said he was released.  Police said the man is Bradley Stalsberg from Sparta.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was parked unoccupied near the top of an incline leading down to Perch Lake.  Stalsberg was sitting near the lake in front of the vehicle when the vehicle started to roll forward.

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