March 25, 2009

Rescuer: Man on ice slab happy where he is

A man found on an ice slab in Oshkosh, Wis., refused a rescue attempt on the grounds his location was ideal for fishing, a would-be rescuer says.

Lt. John Zimmerman of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department said 35-year-old Joseph Dake rejected offers of assistance Tuesday despite being found on an ice slab a quarter-mile from shore in Lake Winnebago, The (Oshkosh, Wis.) Northwestern reported Wednesday.

It wasn't a free flowing piece of ice, Zimmerman said. The police officer said while the slab was connected to the shore by ice, a large crack was visible in the ice structure.

Zimmerman told the Northwestern despite the presence of a rescue boat deployed by the fire department, Dake was determined to make the best out of a good fishing situation.

He had caught some fish and I think that's part of the reason he didn't want to leave, he said. Apparently, he has done this before.

It was not reported if Dake, who used a ladder to reach the slab, made it back to shore safely after he was done fishing.