Update: Two Black River Falls men safe after falling through ice near Stoddard

STODDARD, Wis. (WKBT)– Two Black River Falls men were rescued at about 6 p.m. Thursday after falling through the ice on the Mississippi River near Stoddard.

James Rhodes, 62, was operating an ATV on the ice near the Stoddard Boat Landing when the four-wheeler fell through the ice, bringing Rhodes and his passenger, George Riedel, both into the water, according to Vernon County Sheriff John Spears.

The men were able to get out of the water on their own and were checked out at the scene by emergency personnel.

According to a captain with the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department, a group was heading in from ice fishing on the river when their four-wheeler went through the ice near the Stoddard Boat Landing.

“What we really want to stress is just everyone watch out, be safe. be cognizant. If you’re gonna go out, bring a spud bar and check the ice,” said Captain Alex Channell of the Stoddard Fire Department.

Locals were working to get the four-wheeler out of the water.