If you were planning on going ice fishing in northern Minnesota, I think you missed your chance.
Footage from last spring has gone viral again as we near the end of the ice fishing season across North America, featuring an ice fishing resort worker taking his truck out onto the ice to retrieve an ice house…
However, there’s one problem. There isn’t much ice left, and what was ice had turned into straight water, and it was quickly rising, nearly flooding the worker’s truck on the ice road.
According to FOX 9, the driver of the truck was fishing guide Eric Best, who works at the resort in the Lake of the Woods, Minnesota.
He told the outlet:
“Ice is never 100% safe, so I would by no means advise someone to go out on their own driving through a flooded ice road, but it’s a road we are traveling every day so to the best of our knowledge the ice was safe enough to get out there.
And like I said we had customers out there, so it’s kind of an obligation to get out there and make sure they get off safely and the houses off safely.”
Before the video was shot, Best had to go out and retrieve the guests who were staying in the ice house, and were checking out that morning.
He says that he had taken measurements and knew there was still three to four inches inches of ice below the water, but there was still enough to make his heart race.
Granted, I’d argue that 3-4 inches of ice below the water is way too little to be driving a truck and trailer over, but he’s the expert, not me.
“It was quite a bit of water. It kind of gets contained between the banks on the side of the road.
There were parts of it that were 3.5′ deep of water, so, it’s kind of a lot but its honestly relatively typical of this time of year. Almost every year you run into this sort of stuff.”
Best noted that they tend to run into flooded roads every year, but this specific year was a bit worse than the others.
However, luckily enough, everybody made it out safely.
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