Men rescued from ice on Lake Granby |

Men rescued from ice on Lake Granby

Rescuers from the Granby and Grand Lake Fire Departments help to bring three ice fishermen to safety after two of the men fell through the ice on Lake Granby on Saturday afternoon. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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A woman who lives near Lake Granby called 9-1-1 Saturday afternoon after she saw a man fall through the ice into the lake.

By the time Granby Fire Department arrived to conduct an ice rescue seven minutes later, another man had fallen through and both men had managed to climb back onto the thin ice. A third man in the group did not fall in.

At 3:38 p.m. Granby and Grand Lake Fire departments worked from Sunset Point on the southern tip of Lake Granby with ice rescue gear to help the three men off the ice.

The men, all from Aurora, are Seon Beok Kim, 65, Jin Youn Kang, 78, and Sun Hag Park, 74. They had been fishing on the lake.

They were about 500 feet from shore when four Granby crew members and one Grand Lake crew member were sent out on the ice in a rubber raft with life jackets.

From the shore to end of ice was about 20 feet of open water, said Granby Fire Division Chief Jim Cautrell.

Once rescuers reached the men, four rescuers got out on ice, the three men entered the raft, and rescuers pulled them back to shore. The raft was sent back for the four crew members, and the ground crew pulled them back with rope.

Once the men were on shore EMS transported one of the men to the Middle Park Medical Center – Granby for mild hypothermia.

The ice became softer throughout the day and the three men couldn’t make it back to shore.

“Morning was fine because the water was frozen but the sun and wind warmed it up and ice broke away from shore,” said Cautrell. “As they were out in their spot, the ice dissolved. They weren’t paying close attention, they were too busy fishing.”

Another difficulty, the three men couldn’t speak English, Cautrell said.

Once they were rescued the men were appreciative. Most of their gear and clothing was saved, however they did leave some on the ice.

This is the second ice rescue in Grand County within two weeks.

“The ice is treacherous, there shouldn’t be anyone out there,” warned Cautrell.

Rescuers were on scene for about an hour.

“It is great working with EMS and Grand Lake Fire Department,” he said. “We all get along so well. When emergencies like this happen, crews rely on their training and their training paid off, as we saw on Saturday.”

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