man falls through ice on Crooked Lake


Updated: Saturday, 01 Jan 2011, 8:35 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 01 Jan 2011, 7:40 PM EST
Photo Courtesy: Kent Iler

CROOKED LAKE, Ind. (WANE) – Around 2:11 Saturday the Angola Fire Department was called to Crooked Lake on a report of a man falling through the ice.

climbing out of boat

climbing out of boat

Firefighters said Brent Mutton, 57, was operating his ice boat, which is like a sailboat, on Crooked Lake when the boat fell through the ice. Mutton also went into the water.

The ice was one-inch thick where Mutton fell through, according to firefighters.

Two people were able to push a row boat out to Mutton. One of those people stayed in the row boat and was able to pull Mutton into the row boat.

The Angola Fire Department used its air boat to bring Mutton, the other person and the boats back to shore.

Mutton was treated at the scene by Steuben County EMS.

Conservation Officers Todd Lang and John Deem are investigating the accident.

Assisting at the scene were the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Angola Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, SCURRT Team, and Steuben County EMS.

The Angola Fire Department said it used “Christel” to rescue Mutton. Christel is the department’s air boat, which is designed to travel on ice, snow and open water.

The Christel Dehaan Foundation and Keith Dehaan bought the air boat for the department after a tragic incident on Loon Lake where two men died after falling through honeycombed ice.

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