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ATV rider hospitalized after falling through ice on Lake St. Clair: police

An OPP cruiser is seen at the service's Toronto detachment. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A 62-year-old Lakeshore, Ont. man is expected to make a full recovery after being submerged neck-deep in the frigid waters of Lake St. Clair Tuesday, police said, when the ATV he was riding fell through the ice.

Emergency crews said they were contacted around 10:30 a.m. by a man who fell through the ice near Mitchell’s Bay, Ont., a small community on the eastern shore of the lake about 19 kilometres northwest of Chatham-Kent, Ont.

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Police said the man, suffering from the elements, was able to make his way towards shore while relaying his location to a 911 operator. Snowmobilers located him around 11:40 a.m. and took him back to shore, where he was rushed to an area hospital.

In a statement, police issued a reminder to those planning on venturing onto bodies of water over the winter season.

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“Although current temperatures would dictate sufficient ice coverage, this is obviously not always the case,” police said. “Please heed this warning and continue to make safety your number one priority.”

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