Wasilla teens fall through ice on Mud Lake
Two Wasilla teenagers are safe Saturday after falling through ice on Mud Lake.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is asking people to avoid going out on the ice at the Big Lake, Mud Lake, and Flat Lake areas and says much of the ice is dangerous right now.
The initial emergency call came in around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Mat-Su Borough's deputy director of emergency services, Ken Barkley, said the teens were riding snowmachines and both fell through a hole one of them made. One of the teens was able to get out of the ice by himself; the second was coached out by rescuers.
Barkley said this channel is often a problem, but it's not just the problem areas that are posing a danger this year. Barkley is hoping people will try to avoid going out on the ice at all if they can help it.
"The information we're getting is the earthquake has a part in this," Barkley said. "It's opened other channels, areas that we're familiar with. It's also opened areas that usually are solid by now. So we're experiencing a lot of open water on the lakes that we normally wouldn't right now."
Barkley says the Big Lake, Mud Lake and Flat Lake areas all have a lot of open water.
"If you can avoid the lake, we just recommend to stay off of it," he said.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated the teens were on dirt bikes. Barkley later said the two had been riding snowmachines.
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