2 cars break through ice on Lake Minnetonka

Two different vehicles broke through thin ice on Lake Minnetonka on Feb. 4, one on the east, one on the west side of the lake. No one was hurt, but that doesn't make driving on the ice any safer.

Gray's Bay

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said at 5:40 p.m., two teenage boys in a vehicle broke through the ice in Gray's Bay in Wayzata. The vehicle's front axle was in the water. The teens were able to get out and they weren't hurt.

Phelp's Bay

At 7 p.m., another vehicle became mostly submerged in water after breaking through the ice in a channel at Phelp's Bay in Mound. Two men exited the vehicle and they were not hurt.

Both had ‘Thin Ice' signs

In both incidents, police said drivers drove around posted Thin Ice signs. The vehicle owners must arrange for their cars to be towed out of the lake which typically costs several thousand dollars.

Safety tips

The Sheriff's Office reminds residents that it is extremely dangerous to drive or walk on channels and pressure ridges on Lake Minnetonka and those areas should be avoided. People on foot, snowmobiles, or ATVs should use safety precautions such as wearing life jackets. On all of the county's lakes, freezing and thawing have created variable ice conditions and caution is recommended. A dusting of snow or frost may give thin ice the appearance that it is safe when it is not. No ice should ever be considered completely safe.

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