Snowmobiler, friend survive fall through ice on Grand Lake
December 29, 2008
A Santa Fe, N.M., man and his friend who tried to rescue him were wet and cold but no one was injured early Monday morning after the snowmobile the Santa Fe man was riding fell through the ice on Grand Lake.
Grand County dispatch received a 911 call at about 1:20 a.m. Monday reporting that Josh Rigby, 38, of Santa Fe and the machine he was riding had fallen through the ice into Grand Lake, according to a statement prepared by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Ryan Robinson, 25, of Golden, apparently a friend of Rigby’s, was watching at the time and went out to help the snowmobiler.
While walking toward where the snowmobile had gone through the ice, Robinson also fell through into the icy water.
He managed to get back onto the ice and to shore, while Rigby was lying on the ice when rescuers arrived.
While firefighters wearing ice rescue suits were going out to retrieve the snowmobile rider, they fell through the ice several times. Eventually the firefighters were able reach Rigby and brought him to shore in an ice rescue sled.
Both men were checked by Grand County EMS personnel. They were very cold but did not have any injuries, according to officials.