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Faribault man rescued after falling through ice

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NEAR FARIBAULT, Minn. (KTTC) -

While many folks around the region are enjoying the nicer weather, the ice is thinning on area lakes and rivers.

A man is now safe after falling through the ice near Faribault.

Brandon Wilmes, 28, of Faribault, fell through the ice on Cannon Lake near I-35 just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Wilmes was found 60 feet away from the bridge near the lake and had been in the freezing water for approximately 13 minutes before Minnesota State Patrol arrived.

The first trooper on scene managed to get Wilmes to swim towards the edge of the ice and used a dead tree to keep Wilmes afloat long enough for more help to arrive.

A second trooper arrived on scene, put on a life jacket, and crawled onto the ice.

"Well this time of the year with the warmer temperatures, we are going to see the ice melt quite rapidly through the warmer days," said Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol. "I'm not sure what the thickness of the ice was, but it definitely wasn't thick enough to hold his weight." 

Together the two troopers were able to pull Wilmes to safety.

Wilmes was air lifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and was expected to be released Friday.

Authorities are unsure of why the man was on the ice in the first place, but they recommend the public avoid being on the ice because of how fast it melts; especially with the mild temperatures we are expected to have this weekend.

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