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Vehicles break through ice on Lake Winnebago

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A vehicle is seen submerged in Lake Winnebago, February 25, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11)
A vehicle is seen submerged in Lake Winnebago, February 25, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11)

OSHKOSH, WI (WSAU) - Fish weren't the only things in Lake Winnebago Saturday during an ice fishing tournament.

Mild temperatures led to numerous vehicles to fall through the ice and into the water, because the 12 inches of ice couldn't hold up the weight of them parked side-by-side.

By 9 a.m., several vehicles had already gone through the ice near Menominee Park Beach, with their owners out fishing. Tournament organizers had tried to discourage parking on the ice, but the large turnout left many people opting for a spot on the frozen lake near shore. "It was a surprise that many people chose to park there but not a surprise what happened," Art Dumke, a tournament co-organizer, told FOX 11 in Green Bay.

Dumke says fishermen jumped in to the help clear vehicles from the ice once a few vehicles took the plunge."

They were driving out and their front tire would go in and they'd keep going and park anyways," Fisherman Richard Moe told FOX 11.

Some fishermen might need to use any money they won to buy a new car. Officials say several appeared to be totaled.

"When you park that many cars on that thin of ice, it's going to be a party wrecker," said Dumke.

(Thanks for help WTAQ-Green Bay)

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