Victim identified after snowmobilers plunged into Beaver Dam Lake
the WTMJ News Team
Keller Russell reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
BEAVER DAM - Authorities Monday have confirmed the identity of the man who died after a group of snowmobilers plunge into the icy water of Beaver Dam Lake.
Allen Aufdermauer, 45, died in the incident which happened around 6:30 Saturday evening.
Three people were hospitalized, including Paula Aufdermauer, 43, Randy Pearce, 46 and a 13-year-old boy.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Department said the group drove into an open section of the lake.
Rescue Operations were headquartered near Waterworks Park.
"We ended up rescuing at least six individuals that had at least partially or completely gone into open water," said Sgt. Brian Loose. Loose believed the group couldn't see the open hole.
"At night time these things are harder to see and with speeds on recreational equipment, if you're going to fast on a snowmobile, it's hard to see these areas."
Another person out on the ice called 911 for help.
"They were able to describe for us where it was and they (rescue crews) were able to launch the equipment."
Loose thought two members of the group were able to ride their machines back to shore.
We do know all the people rescued are from an area near Neosho. They range in age from their teens to 40's.
The Beaver Dam Fire Department and three other fire departments responded along with the DNR and dive teams from Fond Du Lac and Columbia County.
Loose said without all of the manpower, they're easily could have been fewer survivors.
Authorities hope the story is a wake up call for others determined to enjoy winter activities with the mild weather.
"The old saying is that no ice is ever safe and no ice truly is ever safe. There's always spots that can break."