Medical Examiner IDs Victims Who Drowned in Lake Minnetonka
Saturday afternoon accident near the Grays Bay Bridge claimed the lives of Harland Dietrich and Mary Ann Haram.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has formally identified the two Maple Grove residents who drowned in Lake Minnetonka Saturday afternoon after their car broke through the ice.
Harland Dietrich, 31, and Mary Ann Haram, 87, were trapped underwater for nearly an hour before divers could free them, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The two lived together on 9000 block of 98th Place North in Maple Grove.
Their deaths are the second and third this season attributed to accidents caused by thin ice. Nine-month-old Tabitha Markle died last month after her family's vehicle broke through the ice near the Halstead Bay Bridge.
The first emergency responders reached Grays Bay in approximately six minutes, and several water rescue units arrived shortly thereafter. Dive teams reported both victims were unconcious and not breathing upon reaching the surface.
A total of 14 vehicles, including two Friday night and the one involved in Saturday afternoon's accident, have broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka this winter.
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