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Father dies while ice fishing with son

January 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

VICTORIA — Officials have said Allen D. Johnson, 50, of Galva is the man who drowned Sunday afternoon in an ice fishing accident.

The incident occured when Johnson and his son were fishing at Long Lake, 1800 Knox Highway 15 about three miles south of Victoria.

The son had left the location and attempted to contact his father by cellphone about 30 minutes later.

When he didn’t receive a response, the son returned to the lake to find the small tent and fishing equipment submerged in the water, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

The son called 911 and rescue workers pulled Johnson from about 22-feet of water at around 4 p.m..

The thickness of the ice was found to be about 3/4 of an inch.

Johnson was taken to OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m.

The investigation into the incident continues.

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