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Bystanders help rescue family who fell through ice at Mosquito Lake

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BAZETTA TWP., Ohio -

Some of the bystanders who helped rescue a family of seven that fell through the ice at Mosquito Lake while fishing are sharing their story.

The call came in around 4 pm at the Mosquito Lake Marina in Bazetta Township after a family, including two seven-year-old twins, an 11-year-old and 12-year-old,  broke through the ice while fishing inside a tent.

Scot Oehlstrom from Lisbon was also out by the lake and jumped into action, grabbing a rope to help pull one child from the water.

"The kids were screaming horribly," Oehlstrom said.

Another man, Zachary Westrich from Wooster, went out on the ice to help one of the seven-year-old twins. 

"If he was in the water any longer, he really didn't stand too much of a chance, so I threw the rope, and he had enough strength to get his arm in it and I pulled him out of the water," Westrich said.

Westrich yelled for someone to have their car ready so he could get the seven-year-old warmed up.

All seven were taken to the hospital. They are in stable condition, Bazetta Fire Chief Dennis Lewis said.

But this situation serves as a reminder of how dangerous going out on the water can be during winter. 

"There is no safe ice. If you are going to ice fish, please be trained," Chief Lewis said.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has different videos featured on their YouTube page about ice fishing safety. You can check them out here

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