Chautauqua County officials make ice-fishing rescue during warm snap

TOWN OF CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Unseasonably warm weather thinned the ice on Chautauqua County’s Chautauqua Lake, causing two ice fishermen to fall through into icy water Tuesday.

The two fisherman called for help after one man, 57, made it out of the ice and helped a 79-year-old cling to safety until first responders could make it to the scene. A Dewittville Fire Department vessel was the first on the scene, and helped both men make it to safety.

Both men were treated for hypothermia when they were rushed to Westfield Memorial Hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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