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UPDATE: 1 dead after vehicle falls through Lake Bemidji

Deputies estimated that the ice was about 4-5 inches deep at the location the vehicle broke through.

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Barricades surround a hole in the ice near Diamond Point Park on Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 2021, after a vehicle broke through Lake Bemidji on Friday evening.
Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI -- A man has died after his vehicle fell through the Lake Bemidji ice on Friday evening.

According to an original release from Bemidji Fire Chief Justin Sherwood, at 5:11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24, the fire department responded to a report that a vehicle had fallen through the ice with two people in the water near the 1700 block of Birchmont Drive NE.

A release from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel was sent out late Saturday night with updated information explaining that one of the two people rescued died.

"Upon the arrival of rescue personnel they found that an adult female was able to get out of the water on her own and was immediately transported to the (Sanford Bemidji Medical Center) for treatment," the release said. "An adult male from the vehicle was recovered from the water by a Bemidji firefighter wearing a cold water immersion suit and Beltrami County deputies."

The man was transported by ambulance to Sanford Bemidji and was later transported to the Sanford hospital in Fargo where he was pronounced dead, the release said.

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According to scanner traffic at the time of the incident, the vehicle was estimated to be around 300 feet out from Diamond Point Park on the Bemidji State Campus.

Deputies estimated that the ice was about 4-5 inches deep at the location the vehicle broke through.

Related Topics: ACCIDENTSBELTRAMI COUNTY
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