On January 29 at around 1:30 p.m., Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) rescued two men from the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Thomas Soberdash III, 47, of Dunbar, Pa. and Robert Ebbert, 47, of Fairfield, Iowa, were ice fishing when they fell through the ice and into the water near 1190 Rock Lodge Road in McHenry.

Corporal Robert Mayles and Corporal William Thomas responded to the call and saw the men approximately 250 yards from the lake’s shore. The officers put on exposure suits, tied ropes to their suits and headed out on the ice the rescue the victims. One of the officers was able to get within 15 feet of the men and throw a line to them,  assisting them to shore. They were transported to Garrett Memorial Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

The victims said they were in the lake for approximately 20 minutes and did not think they would have lasted much longer if the NRP officers did not show up.

Natural Resource Police asks citizens to stay off the ice until colder temperatures return to the area. The recent warming trend has weakened and melted the ice making in unfit to be on. For more information on safety at Deep Creek Lake, click here.

Logo courtesy Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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