Ice fisherman drowns to death on Fort Peck Lake

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FORT PECK, Mont. - According to the Petroleum County Sheriff's Office, an ice fisherman drowned after his vehicle fell through thin ice.

They say the incident happened Saturday night around 7:00 pm on Fort Peck Lake near Crooked Creek Marina just north of Winnett. 

Four fishermen were driving two UTVs when one fell through and quickly became submerged in frigid water. One man was pulled out, but the other did not make it.

Winnett Fire, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Winnett Ambulance, several sportsmen and the Petroleum County Sheriff's Office recovered the victim's body around 11:30 pm.

The Petroleum County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 72-year-old Roger F. Schaad.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Billings with the State Medical Examiner. 

The Petroleum County Sheriff and Coroner are still investigating.

The Petroleum County Sheriff considers the rescue "a very dangerous mission." He's warning everyone to be aware of ice conditions when heading out to fish in the area.

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