Iceboater pulled from Lake Pepin

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Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

LAKE CITY — Two iceboaters strung together ropes and sails to pull a fellow iceboater from the cold waters of Lake Pepin on Wednesday afternoon, the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The victim, David Wodrich of Apple Valley, Minn., was pulled out after about 30 minutes in the water and flown by Mayo Clinic helicopter to Saint Marys Hospital. He was reported in good condition this morning, a clinic spokeswoman said.

The sheriff’’s office said Wodrich, 75, had been sailing in an ice boat on Lake Pepin when he traveled onto an area of thin ice and open water about half a mile north of Lake City.

Wodrich, who was not wearing a life jacket, clung to his boat as two other boaters — Michael McDonald, no address available, and Curt Martinson of Burnsville, Minn. — put together a makeshift rope and pulled him from the water.


They were pulling Wodrich to shore when authorities arrived with a Department of Natural Resources air boat.

Involved in the rescue were Lake City’s Fire Department and ambulance, the DNR and the sheriff’s office.

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