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Fargo firefighters rescue man who fell through ice on the Red River

The man was in the water for about 7 minutes before he was pulled to safety.

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The roughly 6-foot hole in the ice on the Red River where a man was pulled to safety bt Fargo Firefighters Saturday afternoon. Fargo Fire Department / submitted

Fargo firefighters saved a man who had fallen through the ice trying to cross the Red River.

Around 1:30 p.m. Fargo Fire Department responded to a call about a man in the river, just south of the Dike East Dam in Fargo. The ice near the shore was too thick to launch a boat so firefighters had to put on ice rescue suits to retrieve the man from the middle of the river.

According to a release from the Fargo Fire Department, the man had walked halfway across the ice before the surface cracked and gave way. The man was able to hold himself above water until a firefighter made his way across the ice, entered the water and held the man close as crews onshore pulled them in.

The man had been in the water for approximately 7 minutes. He was treated in a Sanford Health ambulance.

Fargo Police Department, Moorhead Fire Department and Moorhead Police Department assisted in the rescue.

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The news release stated that there is always a danger in being on the ice, especially in a moving body of water like a river. The Fargo Fire Department encourages all people to stay off of river ice.

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