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Snowmobiles fall through ice on Minnesota Lake; 2 operators hospitalized, rescue workers avoid serious injury

(Blue Earth, MN) – One person was airlifted and another hospitalized in Mankato after snowmobiles broke through the ice on Minnesota Lake on Saturday.

The Faribault County Sheriff says 39-year-old Lonny Nicholas Lee Jaeger of Minnesota Lake had been riding with two of the victims and reported the incident to a street department worker at 2:22 p.m.   Emergency personnel responding to the scene learning that two men were still in the water when they arrived.

Police, fire, and EMS crews were able to retrieve 31-year-old Christopher John Koch and 27-year-old Kaleb Jay Hyronimus, both of Minnesota Lake, from the water.   Koch was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center and Hyronimus was transported to a Mankato health facility.  The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

During the rescue, two Minnesota Lake Fire Department members also went through the ice.  The two fire crew members were treated and released by Wells Ambulance.

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