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Multiple agencies rescue man from Lake Gogebic

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

BERGLAND TOWNSHIP, MI— An Ontonagon County man was rescued by DNR and other officers after he fell through the ice on Lake Gogebic Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m. officers were notified Paul Boehm, 63, of Ontonagon was about 100 yards offshore near Merriweather in Bergland Township. A local homeowner tried to reach him by paddleboard but was prevented by a layer of ice.

A conservation officer and trooper tried throwing a rescue line to Boehm, but he couldn’t pull himself out. The officers then waded out and reached him. Rescuers from the Bergland Volunteer Fire Department got a rowboat out to the men, who secured Boehm in the boat and broke ice with a paddle as the boat was rowed—and then pulled by other officers—to shore.

Boehm was taken to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital for treatment and released a few hours later.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.