LAKE RESCUE: Car Breaks Through Ice

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A northern Iowa teen had to be rescued Thursday after his car broke through the ice on Clear Lake.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Thornton was driving a 2002 Volkswagon Passat on the ice about two-tenths of a mile from shore when the ice began to crack. The car became partially submerged.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura Fire Department, Clear Lake Fire Department, Clear Lake Police and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources all responded to the call for help.

The Ventura Fire Department was able to go out onto the ice and help Thornton out of the vehicle. He suffered no injuries.

Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals says there were several other vehicles and ice houses on the lake at the time of the incident. He also says it’s been a few years since they’ve had any other vehicles go through the ice on the lake.

Officials plan to remove the car from the ice sometime Friday.

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