Man joyriding on Muskegon Lake sinks his truck below ice

Truck retrieved from the ice

NORTH MUSKEGON, MICH. - One man's truck sunk below ice on Muskegon Lake after he tried joyriding across it Monday, Jan. 15.

The man attempted to drive on Muskegon Lake from 2nd Street in North Muskegon to the Muskegon Conservation Club.

His truck didn't make it across -- it got stuck and ended up sinking below Muskegon Lake's unpredictable layer of ice. The man was able to exit the truck and get to shore on his own.

He then reported what happened to the North Muskegon Fire Department.

Authorities say the man was cold but not injured. 

The truck was eventually removed on Monday night after several hours of work. Eagle Towing came prepared with a scuba suit and plenty of straps to hook up to the truck. One strap broke in the process.

They needed to cut the ice with a saw before they could pull the truck out. They were able to pull it out around 9 p.m.

According to authorities, he could face some tickets and the Department of Natural Resources has been notified. While alcohol has not been indicated as a factor in the incident, there were several beer cans inside the cab.

Ice should be between 8-15 inches thick in order for any kind of car or pickup truck to drive on it. 

 

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