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Two men survive plunge into open water on Otter Tail County lake

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region Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Two men survived a close call Tuesday when their ATV tipped into open water on Dead Lake - the fourth ATV mishap in five days in Otter Tail County.

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Andrew Swank, 26, and Dallas Williamson, 24, both of Austin, were riding across Dead Lake when their ATV, which was pulling a portable fish house, tipped into open water, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Williamson, who was riding on the back, was able to swim to the surface and climb onto the ice. He and Swank ran to their cabin and called authorities to report the incident, the release stated.

The men had traveled on the same portion of Dead Lake to go fishing, but they didn't see the open water as they rode back to the cabin, the release stated.

In the other incidents:

* On Monday evening, an ATV driver was rescued after the front of the four-wheeler broke through the ice on Otter Tail Lake as he crossed an ice ridge.

* A man driving an ATV from his ice house on Norway Lake east of Fergus Falls fell through thin ice Sunday, but was able to pull himself to safety.

* On Friday, an ATV driven by a 20-year-old Fargo man fell through thin ice on Prairie Lake north of Pelican Rapids. He was rescued by the Pelican Rapids Fire Department.

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