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Two rescued off Big Mantrap Lake Saturday night

Two rescuers move their snowmobiles into better position Saturday night on Big Mantrap Lake. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)


     A dangerous and daring ice rescue took place Saturday night on Big Mantrap Lake.

     Under a sky blacker than a pocket, a man and woman were safely walked off the ice on the northern part of the lake by a platoon of Park Rapids and Nevis First Responders that answered the call sometime around 7:30 p.m.

     A pickup was left on the ice until daylight.

     More than a dozen rescue personnel, and perhaps two dozen, heeded the call.

     “That is a very, very dangerous lake to be on in the dark,” said Park Rapids Fire Chief Donn Hoffman. “It was very foolish.”

     Two islands are in the bay, with its northernmost point being Deadhead Bay.

     Crews packed in ice diving equipment, snowmobiles, flotation devices and other equipment to assist in the rescue.

     Crews left the scene nearly two hours later. Read more about the rescue in Wednesday’s Park Rapids Enterprise.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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