Two die after falling through ice on Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D. (By American News Staff Reports) – A 60-year-old man and 8-year-old boy died after falling through the ice on Lake Poinsett on Saturday evening, according to the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office.

A report of two people on an all-terrain vehicle going through the ice was received by the Watertown dispatch center about 6 Saturday evening, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office. That was south of Stone Bridge.

The man and boy were retrieved from the water and taken by ambulance to Prairie Lakes Healthcare Center in Watertown where they were pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office. They have not been identified.

Hamlin County Emergency Management; Codington County Search and Rescue; Lake Norden Ambulance; the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office; the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks; and the South Dakota Highway Patrol all responded.

After the rescue, the Brookings dispatch center received a 911 call that a four-wheeler and ice shack had broken through the ice and were partially in the water on the northeast part of Lake Poinsett’s, according to the post. Emergency personnel responded, but there were no injuries.

Also Saturday, there were two reports of people going through the ice at Blue Dog Lake near Waubay.

Codington County Search and Rescue was mobilized for each incident. In both cases, however, Day County authorities contacted Codington County Search in Rescue to say the individuals had escaped and were safe.

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