MCHENRY, Md. - The Maryland Natural Resource Police say two ice fishermen are recovering from a plunge into Deep Creek Lake near McHenry.
Sgt. Brian Albert says Thomas Soberdash of Dunbar, Pa., and Robert Ebbert of Fairfield, Iowa, fell into the lake early Tuesday afternoon about 250 yards from shore. Both men are 47 years old.
Albert says Cpl. William Thomas threw a line to the victims from about 15 feet away before he, too, broke through the ice. Thomas and Cpl. Robert Mayles then helped the men to shore.
Albert says the victims were in the water about 20 minutes. They were listed in stable condition at Garrett Memorial Hospital in Oakland.
Police say people should stay off the lake until colder weather returns later this week.
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