DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A pickup truck broke through thin ice on Lake Washington in Darwin Township yesterday evening (Jan. 11), according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the 2003 Ford Ranger, Alexander Madsen, 25, of Litchfield, and his passenger, Thomas Wold, 26, of rural Darwin, were able to get out of the water and walk to shore for help.
“We are both lucky to be alive,” Wold said.
Wold posted on social media that he and Madsen had been on the lake to check on the fish houses when the ice suddenly broke out from under them and the truck began to roll to the passenger side. Wold noted that Madsen was able to jump out onto the ice, but Wold was pinched between the door and was getting pulled under. Wold said Madsen grabbed hold of him, pulling him back onto the ice.
They were able to dial 911, and the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 7:28 p.m. When the sheriff’s deputy arrived, Wold and Madsen were walking toward the shore, near 233rd Street. The sheriff’s office stated that Madsen and Wold were treated on scene by Gold Cross Ambulance. The Dassel Fire Department and Litchfield Rescue also assisted at the scene.
The pickup truck was fully submerged in the lake, and attempts to locate it were unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office urges the public to be careful on Lake Washington. Thin ice signs are posted at the public water access locations.
Look for more details in the Friday, Jan. 19 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.