Alpena-area snowmobiler drowns after falling through ice


ALPENA, Michigan (WLNS) — Michigan State Police say a 60-year-old Linwood woman died after falling through the ice Friday morning, despite rescuers’ attempts to get her out in time. 

A news release says Alpena emergency dispatchers got a call from Lynne Bever who told them she had fallen through the ice while snowmobiling on Long Lake. A nearby Alpena trooper heard the call and found Bever in the water about 200 yards off shore.

Officials say her boyfriend and his snowmobile were nearby and he was trying to reach her, too.  

Meanwhile, first responders from Alpena Twp. Fire and MSP arrived in anti-exposure suits and worked to reach Bever, but she fell through the ice. Her boyfriend, his snowmobile and two first responders also fell through.

Other responders were able to rescue the boyfriend, but couldn’t get Bever out of the water when they reached her. They tried to help while she was still in the water, but she went into cardiac arrest as they waited for additional equipment to get there. She died at an Alpena hospital after being taken from the water by air boat. 

Officials determined the cause of her death to be drowning.  

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