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Maine grandfather dies after ATV breaks through frozen lake during ice fishing trip with grandsons

An 88-year-old Maine man drowned in an ATV accident on an icy lake during a family fishing trip, state officials said.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Milford resident Floyd Harrison had just finished ice fishing with his son and grandchildren when the ATV he and his grandchildren were riding crashed through the ice on the Spring River in Hancock County. drowned in the lake.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife told local media that the incident happened around 6pm local time on Friday.

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The grandson was able to get out of the driver’s seat of the sunken ATV, but Mr. Harrison was unable to free himself.

Frozen lake in Maine. (Derek Davis/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/File)

Firefighters recovered Harrison’s body around 8:25 p.m. The ATV sank to the bottom of the lake 10 feet deep.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife warns residents on its website that “ice conditions are constantly changing.”

“There are many factors to consider when determining whether ice conditions are safe, and these can vary from day to day and from area to body of water,” the website says.

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Close-up of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Patch. (Jon Patrikin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/File)

The department also notes that it is generally safe to drive an ATV on an ice-covered lake if the ice is 5 to 7 inches deep.

The color of the ice can also help residents identify whether it is safe to walk on it.

The site advises: “Thick, blue and tried and true. Thin, crunchy and dangerous.”

Wide shot of an ice fishing shack in Maine

Ice fishing cabin on Long Lake in Naples, Maine. (Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/File)

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Fox News Digital reached out to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. We contacted them for more details, but received no response.

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