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Man rescued from Merrick State Park after falling through ice

TOWN OF MILTON, Wis. - Emergency responders rescued a man Friday afternoon after he fell through the ice at Merrick State Park.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 2:43 p.m. that a man had fallen through the ice. He was later identified as 69-year-old Donald Alfred Powis of Independence.

The Sheriff’s Department said a passerby had attempted to help Powis before first responders arrived.  Powis was hanging on the ice when emergency responders got there.

Fountain City Fire Department and Fountain City First Responders used a small boat to get Powis to shore. Powis was in the water for a half-hour before being able to contact someone for help.

An ambulance transported Powis to Winona Hospital. His condition is unknown.

An airboat transported another fisherman to shore because of the thinning ice.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department, Fountain City firefighters and first responders were assisted by personnel from the Winona Ambulance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Minnesota Fish and Wildlife and Winona Dive and Rescue.


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