Ice Rescue on the frozen waters of Higgins Lake – Gerrish Township – Roscommon County – Michigan.
Incident occurred on Thursday March 15th, 2012 @ around 1845 hours in the evening.
Officers with the Gerrish Township Police Department along with the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Ice Rescue team were dispatched to the road end of Magnolia near Old Point Comfort of Higgins Lake for a subject who had fallen through the ice. Officers arrived on scene and quickly learned that three subjects had been out on Higgins Lake ice fishing all day. Due to the unseasonable warm temperatures the ice conditions deteriorated on the fishermen without warning. Two of the subjects had made it off the ice with some difficulty however the third subject had fallen through the ice and was approximately 100 yards from shore. With the assistance of the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Ice rescue team as well as Lyon Township Fire Department, Lake Township Fire Department and the Roscommon County Sheriffs Department the third subject was pulled from the icy waters after approximately 30-40 minutes. Officers credit the use of a life jacket while on the frozen waters as playing a big part in keeping the subject above water making a rescue possible. The subject was transported to Grayling Mercy Hospital for signs of hypothermia where he was treated and released.