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Snowmobile falls through the ice in Rice Lake, rider uninjured

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RICE LAKE, MN -

A Duluth man had a close call Sunday when his snowmobile went through the ice.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office rescue crews and EMS staff responded to the Rice Lake Dam boat landing around 12:15 p.m. for the report of a snowmobile that had gone through the ice.

Officials identified the rider as 24-year-old Michael Lindholm. They said he was operating the snowmobile, was able to jump before it sunk and was uninjured. Lindholm was unable to safely make it back to shore due to ice conditions.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, rescue crews were able to use an air boat to rescue Lindholm who was about a mile and a half from shore.

They say the snowmobile went through a pressure ridge in the ice that stretches across the entire lake. They say this part of the lake has several spots of open water and ice that is less than an inch thick.

The Sheriff's Office urges people to use extreme caution when venturing out on the ice, as most area lakes still have unsafe and unpredictable ice conditions due to recent warm weather. 

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