Photos courtesy Hudson Fire Department
A man was rescued Sunday afternoon from the St. Croix River after his truck broke through the ice in Hudson.
The Hudson Fire Department got a call about a vehicle through the ice at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, just south of the railroad swing bridge. Due to foggy conditions, it was difficult at first to locate the truck.
“We really had no idea where he was and I don’t believe he knew where he was,” Hudson Fire Department captain Jay Penfield told KARE 11.
When the truck was located, first responders in dry suits entered the water and pulled the man out. He was cold and wet but otherwise safe. The rescue wasn’t over yet, as the rescuers then needed to get him up a steep embankment to waiting paramedics.
It appears the truck didn’t sink because it broke through in an area where the water was only a few feet deep over a sandbar. The vehicle was removed on Monday.
In the video below, KARE 11’s Boyd Hupert interviews Hudson Fire Department captain Jay Penfield about the incident.
Village of North Hudson Police, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, City of Hudson Police, Wisconsin State Patrol and Washington County, Minn., also assisted.