Man breaks through ice near island

GLADSTONE – An ice fisherman went through the ice about 11:15 a.m. Thursday near Butler’s Island off from the Kipling boat launch site.

Officials were advised the ice fisherman was standing on top of his submerged four-wheeler but needed assistance in being removed from the water.

The rescue hovercraft from Gladstone Public Safety was used and the fisherman, Ron Trekas of Gladstone, was assisted in getting to shore.

He was treated at the scene by Rampart EMS for exposure. His four-wheeler was recovered from the water.

Officials urged extreme caution out on the ice as, even with recent colder temperatures, the conditions are unpredictable.