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Fisherman rescued after falling through ice on Lake Hopatcong

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On February 19, 2017 the Hopatcong Fire Department conducted their ice rescue training drill near the River Styx Bridge. A few hours later they were back for a real rescue.

With the temperatures all over the place, no ice is safe ice! A few people were very lucky today that Fire, Police, and EMS quickly responded and got them to safety. Hypothermia can kill a person very quickly in frigid waters. We want to have everyone in the community stay safe!

The fisherman fell through the ice on Sunday at 2:18 p.m. at Crescent Cove. Borough Police Officer Edward Janosko and Hopatcong fireman Wade Crowley donned the police department’s ice rescue suits and jumped into the hole in the ice-covered lake to help keep the victim afloat.

The Hopatcong Fire Department responded and helped get the fisherman out of the water. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution. His condition was not available on Monday.

Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz warns that people should stay off the ice.

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