2 snowmobile riders die after plunging into Wisconsin lake

2 snowmobile riders die after plunging into Wisconsin lake Photo: MGN

Updated: January 06, 2020 09:41 AM

Authorities in northern Wisconsin say two snowmobile riders are dead and a third survived after their machines plunged into a lake.

It happened after their sleds hit open water on Lake Nokomis about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.


Sheriff Grady Hartman said Monday the men were on separate snowmobiles when they hit thin ice and then plunged into the water.

Thirty-one-year-old David Erdman, of Hubertus, and 27-year-old Kurtis Shernell, of Hustisford, died. Twenty-six-year-old Austin Zillmer, of Sussex, was able to make it out of the water and called 911.

Hartman said it's not yet known whether alcohol was involved in the deaths.

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