La Crosse man on UTV breaks through ice on Mississippi River

STODDARD, Wis. (WKBT) - A La Crosse man walked away uninjured after his UTV broke through the ice on the Mississippi River Tuesday afternoon.

The Vernon Co. Sheriff says Andrew G. Loomis, 31 of La Crosse, was driving a Polaris side-by-side on the ice on Running Slough, approximately 100 yards southwest of the Stoddard Municipal Boat Landing.

The UTV crossed a pressure ridge and went through the ice.

Loomis went in the water, but was able to get himself out. The UTV was completely submerged.

Loomis refused medical treatment and didn't report any injuries.

The Stoddard-Bergen Volunteer Fire Dept., Tri-State Ambulance, and the Wisconsin DNR assisted with the incident.

It remains under investigation.

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