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Man rescued after falling through ice in Huntington County

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 6:37 pm

A Markle firefighter and an Indiana conservation officer worked together Thursday morning to rescue a man who fell through ice in Huntington County.

At 11:07 a.m., Conservation Officer Mark Johnston was dispatched to a small pond south of Roush Lake in Huntington County, where a fisherman had fallen through ice. Johnston found Michael H. Gosnell, 68, of Huntington, in the nearly frozen water, clinging to the edge of ice where he had fallen through.

Minutes later, Johnston coordinated with Markle firefighter Michael Grant to rescue Gosnell. Grant put on an insulated dry suit, crossed the frozen pond and, with help from other rescue personnel, pulled Gosnell from the water. Gosnell was treated at the scene and then transported to Parkview Huntington Hospital.

He is being treated for cold-related injuries as well as bruises and cuts.

Gosnell was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. His companion James Koon saw him fall through the ice and called 911. Koon was also able to toss Gosnell equipment to help him stay above water until emergency personnel were able to rescue him.

The Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police also helped at the scene.