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Firefighters, deputies, ComEd crew rescue 2 from Grass Lake after snowmobile crashes through ice

54-year-old Chicago woman calls 911 after falling into icy water

FOX LAKE – A snowmobile driver and passenger were rescued Thursday morning from Grass Lake after their vehicle broke through the lake’s thin ice.

A 54-year-old Chicago woman called 911 about 11:55 a.m. Thursday after she fell off a snowmobile and through the ice on Grass Lake, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Covelli said.

She and a 71-year-old Niles man had been driving south on Grass Lake and were about to cross onto Nippersink Lake near Fox Lake when the vehicle started to go into the water.

Both fell off the snowmobile, and the woman became partially submerged in the icy water.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and several ComEd workers who were nearby tried to rescue the pair. ComEd workers assisted in rescuing the man, and Fox Lake and Antioch authorities used an airboat to reach the woman, Covelli said.

The woman was taken to St. Catherine’s Medical Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and the man was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in
Libertyville.

Both had injuries that were not life-threatening, Covelli said.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident.

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