MEDINA, N.D. — A 60-year-old Medina man is dead after falling through the ice last week, according to Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser.
The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of family.
The accident occurred along a flooded portion of old Highway 10 about 4 miles east of Medina. The accident may have occurred as early as Monday or Tuesday, Dec. 2 or 3, although the sheriff's office was not notified until about 3:25 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
Officers from the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office and Jamestown Fire Department searched until dark on Saturday before resuming the search Sunday morning, Dec. 8, and recovered the body about 10:40 a.m., Kaiser said.
The Stutsman County remote-operated vehicle was used in the search and recovery. The submersible device uses cameras and sonar to search underwater without divers having to enter the water.
Kaiser said the ice thickness in the area varied greatly, with 4 to 6 inches of thickness at the area where the victim had parked his vehicle to extremely thin ice where it was believed the victim had fallen through.