Infant rescued from submerged car on Lake Minnetonka

11:08 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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MINNETRISTA, Minn. - An infant is hospitalized in critical condition after being pulled to safety from a car that went through the ice on Lake Minnetonka.

The parents have been identified as 31-yearold Amanda Markle and 41-year old Jonathan Markle. The parents were able to escape the car with their 2-year-old daughter, Isabelle but Tabitha, 9 months old, was trapped in her car seat.

Emergency crews responded to the scene just after 5:00 p.m. Friday on the County Road 44 Bridge between Halsted and Priest Bays in Minnetrista.

Paul Bardine, a neighbor who was in the area at the time, said he heard sirens and ran down to the scene where a police officer told him a family of four was in the car.

Orono police say Tabitha was transported to a hospital in an ambulance. Stanek said the baby is in critical condition.

Speaking to the media Friday night, Stanek said a man who lives nearby, an off duty firefighter for the city of Mound, was the first to respond to the vehicle. That man was able to assist the mother and 2-year-old out of the water before emergency crews responded to the scene.

The woman's husband was trying to rescue the baby, who was strapped in the backseat of the submerged vehicle. Two Mound firefighters wearing protective suits pulled the baby out.

Bardine lives next to the channel where the car went in and said it's an area known to have thin ice. He said numerous cars and snowmobiles have gone through the ice in the same place over the years.

Law enforcement officials say there were three incidents of vehicles through the ice on Lake Minnetonka on Friday. No other serious injuries were reported.

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