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Posted on: April 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Truck sinks through ice, men escape injury

Lake Champlain

LAKE CHAMPLAIN/ DRESDEN - According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, at 2:58 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle through the ice on Lake Champlain in the Town of Dresden.

Upon arrival, Sheriff’s deputies were met by John A. Rudzinski Jr., 74, of Arthur Street in Schenectady, NY and Carl G. Pieper, 81, of Ridge Road in Scotia, NY.

Rudzinski told deputies that he and Pieper had been driving his 2004 Dodge Dakota on the ice and had been fishing in various locations on the lake. As Rudzinski drove to another location on the lake with Pieper as his passenger, they felt the truck start to sink into the ice. At the time, they were approximately 1 mile south of the South Bay Bridge.

Rudzinski said he yelled for Pieper to get out of the truck and both men were able to exit and remain on solid ice as the truck sank through the ice. The truck then sank to the bottom of the lake.

Both men were uninjured and walked about 300 yards to a nearby house off Maple Acres Way to call for help. Encon also responded to the scene and arrangements are being made to have the truck removed from the bottom of the lake.

Deputy John LaTour and Encon Officer Thomas Wensley are handling the case.

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