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One Injured, One Dead After Falling Through Ice


One man is dead and another in the hospital after they fell through ice while fishing.

62-year-old Michael Shofstell of Saline was pronounced dead at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson. 62-year-old Gerald Smith of Grass Lake is being treated for hypothermia at a Toledo Hospital.

Lenawee County Sheriff's officials say the accident happened Thursday on Timber Lake in Cambridge Township--about two miles east of the Michigan International Speedway.

Mike Warren and Jim Phelps were nearby and heard the men calling out for help.

"I walked out of the garage and heard someone yelling for help," said Warren. "The two of us proceeded down to the water, the ice to try to get the gentleman out."

"Heart was beating real fast, I was scared more than anything for the guy," said Phelps. "What was going through my mind was get him out. Get him out of that water, and we were having a heck of a time doing that, because his clothes were just soaked and they were starting to freeze." 

Officials say if you plan to go ice fishing, be sure to check the ice thickness every couple of steps with a drill. The recommended thickness to hold the weight of an average person is four inches.

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