Dan Hill’s been ice fishing for along time…
How long? 45 years to be exact, which is no drop in the bucket. But in those 45 years nothing like this had ever happened to Hill before. Dan knew it was time to take his ice shanty off the great lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay, Michigan.
It was late February after all and winter wasn’t getting any longer.
Hill of course has done this plenty of times before and in this instance took the word of a friend on a snow-mobile who said the ice was still thick enough to drive out on. His friend couldn’t have been any more wrong!
I know this part of the lake like the back of my hand. The ice didn’t look any different there than anywhere else, but it can change.”
With the shanty hitched and Hill back in his truck he was ready to get back on to solid ground. It seems however, that solid ground just wasn’t ready for him.
All it takes is one time. Ice doesn’t give a warning.”
Seemingly out of nowhere the ice around his tires gave way sending Hill and his Cadillac Escalade plunging into the frigid waters! Luckily Dan was able to get out of the vehicle in time and even better he was able to get his car out of the water, and even the shanty made it without any issues!
It dropped fast. Luckily, I was taught not to wear my seat belt and keep the driver’s side window open, in case of this. I had the window open, so I bailed right away, and pulled myself out the car to safety. Then I watched the car sink fast. It could have been really bad.”
You really just have to see it for yourself!