Maine grandfather dies after ATV breaks through frozen lake during ice fishing trip with grandsons

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An 88-year-old Maine man died aft drowning successful an ATV mishap connected an ice-covered reservoir during a family sportfishing trip, authorities authorities say.

Milford resident Floyd Hardison had conscionable vanished crystal sportfishing pinch his boy and grandsons erstwhile he drowned successful Spring River Lake successful Hancock County, aft nan ATV he was riding connected pinch his grandson collapsed done nan ice, according to nan Portland Press Herald.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife told section outlets that nan incident happened astatine astir 6 p.m. section clip Friday. 

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Although his grandson was capable to flight from nan sinking ATV's driver's seat, Hardison was incapable to free himself.

A firefighter retrieved Hardison's assemblage astatine astir 8:25 p.m. The ATV sunk to nan bottommost of nan lake, which was 10 feet deep.

On its website, nan Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife warns residents that "ice conditions are ever changing."

"There are galore factors to see erstwhile determining whether nan crystal conditions are safe, and they tin alteration from day-to-day and from 1 h2o assemblage to nan next," nan website reads.

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The section besides notes that it is mostly safe to thrust an ATV connected an ice-covered reservoir if nan crystal is betwixt 5 and 7 inches deep.

Ice colour tin besides thief residents discern whether it is safe to locomotion on.

"Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, measurement excessively risky," nan tract advises.

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Fox News Digital reached retired to nan Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and nan Hancock County Sheriff's Department for much information, but has not heard back.