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Skater Falls Through Thin Ice

An ice skater was pulled from Medicine Lake in Plymouth Thursday the Star Tribune reported.

The skater, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The man was not responsive to resuscitation attempts and had no pulse.

The skater was found in open water at approximately 2 p.m. after a fellow skater spotted a hat floating in the water and called police, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol reported.

According to a WCCO report, the man's condition is currently unknown. Authorities are unclear how long the man was in the water.

The man, who was wearing ice skates and a camera around his neck, is believed to be an out of town visitor, Sgt. Chris Mathisen of the Sheriff's Department said.

Mathisen reported that the area of the lake where the man was found had open water Saturday night that froze overnight. The overnight snowfall may have made the ice appear thicker.

The Star Tribune ran a story Tuesday warning locals to take ice thickness into consideration before venturing out onto the partial frozen lakes.

In that report, officials urged fishermen to use caution.

"Anglers are still advised to exercise extreme caution when traveling on the ice,'' Duke Broughten, a conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources, said.