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Couple falls through thin ice on Little Sand Lake

On Sunday afternoon, Jason and Holly Funk were headed out to go ice fishing on Little Sand Lake.

“When we were halfway out to the middle of the lake, our four-wheeler and little trailer fell through the ice,” Holly shared on her Facebook page. “We were in open water and I had a helmet on. I threw it off as Jason and I were separated. After a bit and the ice breaking away from me three times, we were able to stabilize ourselves on the edge. Jason went under three times in the process. I screamed with all my might and prayed very boldly and loudly and two people across the lake heard me and called for help.”

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, along with partner agencies, pulled the couple from the icy water.

“After 25 minutes, God placed very brave, amazing angels in our path and God held us until they were able to pull us from the water,” Holly said. “I went to Park Rapids and stabilized after a short time. Jason was airlifted to Fargo. He is doing amazing. Had a bit of a fib (increased heart rate) and kidney concerns, but spirits are high! He is as amazing as always! I am posting this as I cannot bear to tell this story and my dear children cannot either. I am so grateful for life!”

On Monday, the sheriff’s office released a public safety warning about Little Sand Lake.

“Deputies have found there is open water in this location. Please avoid the lake and remember that lake ice is never truly safe,” said the news release.

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