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Published: Tuesday, 2/27/2007

2 rescued after falling through ice on Lake Erie

BLADE STAFF

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio One of the two ice fishermen who fell through the ice on Lake Erie yesterday evening remains in fair condition at University Medical Center today, hospital authorities said.

Donald Mickey, 39, is in fair condition at the hospital after he was flown there via medical helicopter late yesterday evening. Hospital staff had no information this morning on his brother, Ronald Mickey, 41.

The brothers, both from the Cleveland area, fell through the ice between Green Island and South Bass Island at some time before 9 p.m., said Lt. Tavis Campbell with the Put-In-Bay Police Department.

Donald Mickey was able to get himself out of the water and went to shore on South Bass Island to try to get help for his brother.

He broke out a window at the state park to look for a phone, which alerted authorities there was a problem, authorities said.

Ronald Mickey only had his head and shoulders above water when he was rescued about 10:20 p.m. Apparently he had gotten out for a period of time, but fell back in, Lieutenant Campbell said.

The men had finished ice fishing on the lake and were headed to Catawba Island when they fell through a crack in the ice.

The Ottawa County Sheriff s dive team, Put-in-Bay fire and police departments, and U.S. Coast Guard stations in Marblehead and Detroit assisted at the scene.

The lake was 36 degrees yesterday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

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