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ATV rider rescued from Bangs Lake

Ice fishing derby

The ninth annual Walk on Water Charity Ice Fishing Derby scheduled for today, Jan. 26, on Bangs Lake has been canceled after the village of Wauconda pulled permits following a water rescue Thursday night.

The event was started to benefit the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund in 2004.

The derby’s Web site stated Friday “the event will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced. As we get more information, the website and Facebook pages will be updated to keep you informed.

“If you would like to register/donate to the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund, there are still many families in our local community that are in need of your support. Thank you for your ongoing support.”

Updated: March 27, 2013 2:12AM

WAUCONDA — Two men escaped serious injury and one had to be rescued from Bangs Lake after they were driving on the lake with all-terrain vehicles and broke through the ice.

Wauconda Fire District crews answered a report of a victim through the ice around 10:18 p.m. When crews arrived, they found one ATV rider in the water about a half mile from shore.

Within 10 minutes, firefighter/paramedics Chris Rohde and Mike Callender, who had put on cold water immersion suits, arrived at the breakthrough and found the victim hanging onto an ATV tire. A second team of firefighters, John Caldarella and Bryan Sliz, deployed to the scene with a Fortuna inflatable raft.

It took all of three minutes to pull the victim from the frigid water.

The 30-year-old male was suffering from exposure to the cold. He was placed on the inflatable raft and pulled to shore where an ambulance crew treated and transported him to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Lake Barrington.

There were no injuries to rescuers or to the second ATV rider who was with the victim. The weather at the time of the incident was 15 degrees with wind at eight miles an hour.

Wauconda Deputy Chief John Thibault said Friday both men had broken through the ice, but one was able to escape going all the way in with his ATV. “We talked to both of them today and they are doing fine,” he said.

Authorities were pulling the ATV out of the water Friday afternoon.

Fire district officials warned that despite recent cold weather, certain area lakes, rivers and ponds are not frozen thick enough to support a person. There are many factors that can influence thickness of ice, so even if one area has thick ice, an area close by it may be unsafe.

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