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3 cars through on Tonka today....


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Be careful...3 cars went in within two hours on tonka today...saw a bunch of people driving on the main basin where they shouldn't have on my way to work today...use some common sense and stay alive...

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One went in driving under halsteds bridge ... 9 month old strapped into back seat and a two year old ... Wow...... Where were the other two ?

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the little time i have spent on tonka the one thing i have learned is never go near a bridge/channel on tonka with a car or else your getting wet

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OMG how incredibly foolish. I'm not sure I'd walk on that channel. According to the Star Trib the baby is in very bad shape, was underwater for more than 15 minutes. Say your prayers for this baby.

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I literally don't know where to begin...

Who is taking a 9mo old, or a 2yr old, out on the ice - under ANY circumstances?

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As a Father, I have no words to describe the stupidity of this.

CJH

Lake Minnetonka: Baby 'critical' after SUV breaks through ice

By Tad Vezner

[email protected]

Posted: 01/18/2013 12:01:00 AM CST

Updated: 01/18/2013 11:11:15 PM CST

A Minnetrista, Minn., resident driving home with a friend Friday heard the screams of a little girl.

He then saw the girl's mother trying to hold the 2-year-old out of the frigid water of a Lake Minnetonka channel. The car they had just escaped -- still occupied by the girl's father and 9-month-old sister, strapped into a car seat -- was fully submerged.

Though the resident, also a volunteer firefighter for Mound, was able to rescue the 2-year-old, who was not seriously injured, it would be many long minutes before her baby sister would be pulled to safety.

The baby was in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis on Friday evening, Jan. 18, Hennepin County sheriff officials said.

Sheriff officials received a 911 call just after 5 p.m. The Minnetrista resident reported a small SUV had broken through the ice near the Halsted Bay Bridge.

Within minutes, it became apparent that four people had been in it, and two -- the mother and older sister -- were close enough to rescue.

The resident rescued the girl immediately, then went to his nearby house to get a long pole with a hook. Using the hook, he pulled the mother to safety as well. Dropping a ladder from the shore to the roof of the car, he and his friend tried to save the remaining family members.

But the father would not leave the car, evidently determined to try to rescue the baby from her car seat, sheriff spokeswoman Lisa Kiava said.

Four more Mound firefighters reached the scene

and pulled the father to safety, and one put on a "Mustang Suit" -- a sealed, airtight suit with air pockets used for survival in harsh environments. Several of the suit's air pockets were filled with water so the firefighter could remain underwater long enough to cut the straps of the child seat with a knife.

The family of four, who were not identified Friday, were transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, where it became clear the baby was critically hurt.

The incident remained under investigation late Friday. Kiava said it was unclear why the family was driving on the ice.

Kiava said two other cars fell through the ice on Lake Minnetonka on Friday evening: an SUV containing four people on Echo Bay and a vehicle with three people on Excelsior Bay. None of the seven was injured.

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Why would the guy first drive under a bridge in a channel in an suv? Why would he put his wife, and two kids in danger?

It's always best if you drive on a lake without your seat belt on... To have his 9 month old strapped in like that given the situation is beyond stupid.

I'm afraid to bring my 1 year old out on 16 inches of solid ice. What also makes me nervous is the 12in catch covers and 10in holes.

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My wife and I were talking about this too. She surmised that they simply didn't know. Out for a ride on the ice not knowing the dangers. Very sad.

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Could child endangerment charges be brought up? Not to add salt to open wounds but it makes you wonder if the state would do that.

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My kids have been trained for so long when we pull up to a lake they have their seat belts off and window rolled down before I do.

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Could child endangerment charges be brought up? Not to add salt to open wounds but it makes you wonder if the state would do that.

Absolutely! There is no reason to drive through a channel on lake Minnetonka with a 9 month old strapped in the back. I'm sorry but I really hope charges are brought up!

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I don't do the window thing (I should). If I am driving on the lake, the first thing I tell my boy is "take off your seat belt". He always asks why, he is a good kid. When we go ice fishing the first thing he does when he gets buckled in (for the drive to the lake) is to put his ice pics around his neck. The last thing I tell him when we pull off the ice is, "put your seat belt on". I always make sure it is off when going onto the ice and back on before we are out of the park.

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What about the guy coming to the rescue? Yeah it was pretty idiotic to drive there with kids in the car but the heroics of that guy, jeez what a stud. Pulls the 2yr old out. Runs home to get a pole to pull the mom out. Puts a ladder on the roof of the car, climbs down and tries to save the rest? I'd like that guy on my team. Kudos to you man.

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What about the guy coming to the rescue? Yeah it was pretty idiotic to drive there with kids in the car but the heroics of that guy, jeez what a stud. Pulls the 2yr old out. Runs home to get a pole to pull the mom out. Puts a ladder on the roof of the car, climbs down and tries to save the rest? I'd like that guy on my team. Kudos to you man.

+1 An absolute hero

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Same here. Son is told immediately as soon as the tires touch the ice that the seat belt is off..(Don't really explain why other than we don't need them). I roll down the driver side and passenger side front windows.

I can't describe my sadness for this family and the things they are going through. Peace be with them, and I hope their child is OK.

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Does anyone know any details about the other 2 vehicles that went through in Excelsior Bay and Echo Bay? I was out there last night and didn't see or hear anything about them...

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What about the guy coming to the rescue? Yeah it was pretty idiotic to drive there with kids in the car but the heroics of that guy, jeez what a stud. Pulls the 2yr old out. Runs home to get a pole to pull the mom out. Puts a ladder on the roof of the car, climbs down and tries to save the rest? I'd like that guy on my team. Kudos to you man.

+1

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After reading the article I am assuming these folks were not experienced ice fisherman or fisherman at all, just a family on a joy ride that turned into a nightmare. Pray for the baby and give thanks to the resident hero that saved them. Just sad...

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The Star Trib is reporting that the father (driver) may have been drinking. The family had been at a restaurant and decided to drive home across the lake.

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The Star Trib is reporting that the father (driver) may have been drinking. The family had been at a restaurant and decided to drive home across the lake.

Yeah, Fox 9 is now reporting that there may have been alcohol involved.

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i heard from my mom that the dad was drinking and trying to avoid the roads and possibly the police by driving home across the lake, he lived on the lake so likely someone who has never drivin on ice before, as a father of two i wanna punch this guy in the you know whats, i hope that baby is alright.

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My kids have been trained for so long when we pull up to a lake they have their seat belts off and window rolled down before I do.

Yep, I do this even if I'm just parking near shore.

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When I saw this first of all the situation with the kids is terrible, and my families thoughts and prayers go out to that child and the family.

In regards to the other break throughs...I have no first hand knowledge of Fridays accidents, but Wednesday night I was out on Echo bay between two points island and shore. There has been a pressure ridge there all year and Wednesday there was water all over there. I parked far away on shore and walked out. I had to wave off 2 vehicles headed towards danger without a clue. Also witnessed a group of ice boaters as they saw the water and hit the old brakes as hard as possible. I have a feeling this could have been the spot.

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this ones gonna get a lot of attention until the alcohol results come out the star had a article this morning on it

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