Lake Winnebago Water Rescue

Time was not on the side of a 47-year-old Fond du Lac man who was rescued from the icy waters of Lake Winnebago last Friday night after his snowmobile went in.
The two Fond du Lac firefighters who rescued Kelly Milam talked about it with
the press Tuesday. Lieutenant Rick Gerritson says Milam was fortunate because
it was a quiet night and his voice carried on the wind when he was yelling for
help. Paramedic Jake Vogds says they’ve been getting credit for saving Milam’s
life, but it was just another task at hand but with a fantastic outcome. Milam
was suffering from severe hypothermia and Vogds says it may have been a matter
of minutes before it became a life or death scenario.

The 47-year-old Fond du Lac man who was rescued from Lake Winnebago after his snowmobile went into open water last Friday night, truly is lucky to be alive. The two firefighters credited with saving his life talked about the experience with the
press Tuesday. Lieutenant Rick Gerritson says it was a quiet night and the wind
carried Kelly Milam’s voice, which led to the 911 calls and his rescue.
Paramedic Jake Vogds says he and Gerritson had to walk on ice, through open
water, and break through ice to get to Milam. They were in cold water suits,
but still had to stand in water up to their chins to help Milam out of the
water. Vogds says Milam had already lost muscle control and was suffering from
severe hypothermia. He says it was a matter of minutes before the situation
would have become a life or death scenario. Shown in photo Vogds on left and
Gerritson on right.

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