A Hitchcock man drowns in a lake in Clark County

WILLOW LAKE, S.D.(Mike Tanner, Alpha Media)–A man has drowned while ice fishing on a lake in Clark County.

Sheriff Robert McGraw says authorities were called to Dry Lake #2, about four miles north of the town of Willow Lake, Wednesday morning on a report of a man who’d gone fishing there Tuesday night, but never returned home.

McGraw says there was a large area of open water on the north end of the lake, where debris was found floating, and that’s where divers concentrated their search.

A remote camera was used to find the man’s snowmobile, and about 6 p.m. Wednesday, the man’s body was recovered.

McGraw says the victim is from the Hitchcock area, and was in his 60’s. His body was taken to a funeral home in Clark.

His name has not been released.

McGraw says it appears the man became disoriented in foggy conditions,and drove the snowmobile into open water.

Agencies responding were the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Codington County Search and Rescue, Clark County Emergency Management, Hamlin County Emergency Management and Game Fish and Parks.