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Austin, MN (KROC AM News) - Public safety officials in Austin were busy Thursday night trying to save a woman who had fallen through the ice of East Side Lake.

Police received a call from a witness who heard screams from the area around 10:30 PM. Austin Police Chief David McKichan says it was dark and foggy and it took officers a while to determine where the woman was. McKichan says an officer finally spotted her bobbing in the water “but determined there was no way to safely get out to her.”

Austin firefighters and Mayo Clinic ambulance paramedics were called to assist and it was soon determined the woman had become unresponsive. McKichan says a firefighter was eventually able to reach the woman just as she was beginning to submerge and "was just visible enough to be found."

McKichan says the woman “was not breathing and had no pulse.” She was taken to Mayo Clinic-Austin for further treatment. There is no update on her medical condition.

McKichan says officers found the woman’s car in the area and were able to learn her identity. It’s not known why she walked onto the lake ice. McKichan says foul play is not suspected.

The woman’s name has not been released.


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