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Car Falls Through the Ice on Little Muskego Lake

Another break-through this season raises concerns over ice safety

A 17-year-old Muskego teen almost got in over his head, literally, when he tried to visit a friend by short-cutting across Little Muskego Lake on Saturday.

According to reports from the Muskego Police Department, the teen was going to visit a friend around 5:25 p.m. and decided to drive onto the lake, heading from Lannon Drive toward Hillview Drive (west across the lake).

Reports stated that the driver thought the ice would be thick enough, but turned around shortly after starting off. As the vehicle was returning eastbound, the ice began to give way, and its front tires became submerged. Accident reports show the vehicle was not far off shore at the time. 

The teen was able to reach land again, but reports state the vehicle became totally submerged by 10:15 p.m.

MPD officials explained that the Department of Natural Resources generally handle the removal of vehicles and other similar objects from the lake within 24 hours.

"With the wild weather changes predicted over this coming week, everyone needs to realize that the ice may not be as safe as it looks," said Lt. Dave Constantineau. 

As of Monday morning, there was still open water on the lake, with several ice shanties dotting the bays nearby. Temperatures are expecting to warm into the mid-50s on Tuesday, which will further compromise the ice's strength, so it's best to stay off of the lakes.

1600penn.ave January 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Sounds like PJ has first hand experience in the matter......
Denise Konkol January 30, 2013 at 02:25 AM
There are fines assessed; MPD may decide to issue them, or the DNR can as the lake is technically their jurisdiction.
Denise Konkol January 30, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Agreed. It's not an uncommon question, as most people avoid the situation by not driving on the lake during roller coaster winters that make for very unreliable ice.
Denise Konkol January 30, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Tried to locate the vehicle if it was still there. From what we have heard, it was near Bay Breeze, and I can't access a vantage point as that is all private property. It may also have been removed. Per MPD, efforts are usually undertaken by the DNR, which usually takes about 24-48 hours to remove.
Scandihovian Lady January 30, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It seems as if there is always someone who has to get snarky when any topics are being discussed on Patch. Very sad!

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