Eau Claire (WQOW) – A truck was recovered on Tuesday after falling through the ice on Lake Eau Claire, and the price tag to get it out was costly.
Jerry’s Towing in Chetek was the recovery company that pulled the truck to land. Workers said luckily the truck landed on a sand bar, making for an easier recovery. However, recoveries like this aren’t easy on the wallet. Workers estimated the cost to be a few thousand dollars.
According to the Wisconsin DNR, that’s not the only price someone could pay, especially if they leave the vehicle there for more than 30 days.
“There’s multiple ways that we can handle a vehicle in the water, whether it’s a citation immediately, or a court order to get the vehicle removed,” said DNR Conservation Warden Jake Bolks. “We want the vehicle removed for environmental reasons.”
Littering citations can range from $300 or more. Bolks said the ice is never safe, especially this winter with the fluctuating temperatures. So, test the ice, or call the DNR Service Center for updates on ice thickness. Also, avoid areas where there could be currents.
Bolks said be prepared before you go and always let someone know where and when you are heading out to the lake. If your vehicle does fall through the ice, State Farm representatives in Chippewa Falls said it will be covered if you have comprehensive coverage.