SHAWANO CO. (PRESS RELEASE)-- At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Shawano Co. Sheriff's Department received a call for a fisherman that had broken through the ice on Upper Red Lake in the Village of Gresham. Police, fire, and EMS were called to respond. The Shawano Co. Dive Rescue team was also paged to respond.
A neighbor heard the fisherman, Kenneth Beyer, yelling for help and spotted the victim approximately 50 feet from shore, holding onto the ice. Only the victims shoulders and head were visible from the water. The neighbor, Paul Bowman, went to assist the victim and his female friend, Christina Brady, went into the house to call 911.
The neighbor located a long piece of PVC pipe from a different neighbor's residence and went out on the unstable ice and was able to reach the victim, while using the pipe. The neighbor was able to pull the victim out of the 38 degree water, and assisted him to shore.
The victim stated that he did not know how much longer he could have hung on the ice, prior to the neighbor rescuing him. The victim was checked over by EMS and was released from the scene without apparent injury.
The SCSD was assisted by the Stockbrigdge-Munsee Police Dept., Gresham EMS, Gresham Fire, Shawano Ambulance, and Shawano Dive Team.
The SCSD would like to remind everyone that the recent warm and rainy weather has made the ice conditions on local lakes, ponds, and rivers, dangerously thin. The ice may appear to be safe, but people are urged to remain off of the water-ways until all of the ice is melted. No fish is worth a life.