Teen killed when snowmobile goes through ice on Lake Michigan Wednesday

THOMPSON TOWNSHIP — Police are still investigating an incident that left a 15-year-old dead after his snowmobile went through the ice on Indian Lake Wednesday evening.

At approximately 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, Negaunee Regional Dispatch received a 911 call from a person who had witness a snowmobile go through the ice about one mile off the south shore of Indian Lake. Area law enforcement, EMS and fire departments were immediately dispatched to the scene.

The snowmobile was carrying two teenage boys when it went through the ice. Two family members in the area were able to get to the scene, however they also ended up in the water.

The family members as well as one of the teens were eventually pulled from the water by officers from the Manistique Public Safety Department and Sault Tribal Police Department. All three individuals were transported to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for hypothermia and later released.

The driver of the snowmobile was not immediately located. The Delta County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team was called to assist at the scene and eventually located the teen at approximately 1:06 a.m. Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In addition to Manistique Public Safety, Sault Tribal Police, and the Delta County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, assisting with the incident were the Schoolcraft County Sheriffs Department, DNR, Thompson Township Fire and troopers from Manistique and Gladstone posts of the Michigan State Police.


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