A father and son ice incident prompted a search and rescue team looking for two individuals. Two people fell into the ice and were found dead by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office dive team, according to FOX News.
David Michael Lyons and his son, Jackson Lyons, were in the water less than an hour. They had been ice fishing about 250 feet off shore.
Divers entered the lake, which is north of M-59, near Harvey Lake and Wardlow roads, at 10:55 a.m. They found the father and son in 8 to 12 feet of water. Both were transported to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
“This is a horrific reminder that we should always hold safety first when we undertake water related activities,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “No ice is safe ice, especially due to the mild weather we have experienced this winter. Our thoughts are with the family during this unthinkable time.”
The sheriff’s office used social media to warn residents after the father and son ice incident. Ice safety tips were released last month and were sent out again Monday afternoon.
“Please, please, please, presume the ice is unsafe,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office tweeted and posted on Facebook shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. “Our weather has been such that predictable hard frozen ice is not present.
“We lost a young father and a 4-year-old who went through the ice today, and even with our dive team in the water relatively quickly, they could not be saved. Such a tragedy. Prayers for the family.”
Ice must be at least 5 inches thick to be considered safe for foot traffic, ice fishing and ice skating, and at least 8 inches thick for travel by snowmobile or off road vehicle.
Around 1 p.m. Monday, Highland ice fisherman Jerry Semaan decided to head out onto Alderman Lake to fish for blue gills. He used an ice spud to test the ice as he walked forward.
Oakland County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the boat launch area and called Semaan off the ice, telling him the ice was unsafe. Deputies planned to place caution tape near the launch.
Semaan, a retiree, said he’d been ice fishing since he was 17 and never fallen through.
“It’s not safe if it’s honeycombed,” he said.
Highland Township Supervisor Rick Hamill said he has lived around Alderman Lake his entire life. “It’s a terrible lake — because of the unreliable ice,” said Hamill. “It has flowing water that runs through it all the time. It has always been that way.”
He said the father and son ice victims fell into the water but also into three to four feet of muck under the ice.