Vehicle goes through thin ice on Lake Benton

LAKE BENTON — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about the dangers of thin ice, after an incident where a vehicle pulling an ice fishing house went through the ice on Lake Benton.

The incident was reported around 12:54 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the operator of the vehicle that went through the ice. The driver indicated that there were no injuries in the accident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The accident happened approximately 1 mile due west of the Stony Point Campground, the Sheriff’s Office said. The ice in this area appears to have an ice heave, and is likely to be unsafe, the Sheriff’s Office said. Members of the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club assisted with placing “Thin Ice” signs in the area.

The Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to remember that no ice is 100 percent safe, and to use caution when on area lakes.

Lake Benton was the site of a fatal accident on the ice, and an extensive underwater search, in 2015. Two people, 29-year-old Brianna Thooft and 54-year-old Bradley Lund, died when their truck went through the ice near Norwegian Creek Campground.