SHABBONA – Police are cautioning fishermen to be careful on ice after two men fell through Shabbona Lake about 12:15 p.m. Monday.
The duo were warmed in an ambulance but were not injured, Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Robert Frazier said. Police recommend wearing life jackets while ice fishing or walking on the ice.
A 71-year-old Bolingbrook man and a 66-year-old Naperville man were walking on the ice about 40 yards from shore near Somonauk Point in Shabbona Lake State Park, Frazier said. They realized the ice wasn't safe and were turning around when the older man fell through the ice up to his chest. Then, the other man broke through the ice, getting wet up to his knees as he grabbed onto the ice shanty, Frazier said.
"There were people who were there who were fishing who weren't too far away from them," Frazier said.
Both were able to pull themselves out, the older man by using the ice picks he was wearing.
They fell through the ice in an area where geese had been paddling, keeping the water open until Sunday night, so the area had only been frozen for a matter of hours, Frazier said.
"We've had a lot of warm and cold weather, so the ice isn't quite as strong as normal," he said.