A MedFlight helicopter arrives at Tecumseh Lake on Sunday afternoon after an ice fisherman fell through the ice. He was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus and has since been discharged.

Shawnee FD to evaluate rescue, prepare for possible future incidents

VILLAGE OF SHAWNEE – A fisherman submerged in subarctic lake water for nearly 45 minutes, four emergency departments trying to pull him out, and a MedFlight helicopter emergency transport.

This is what Perry County rescuers faced Sunday afternoon at Tecumseh Lake, but according to Shawnee Fire Chief John Arkley that’s pretty atypical winter incident in the county.

More: MedFlight responds after fisherman falls through ice on Tecumseh Lake

Arkley said since he became chief in 2001, the department has not seen a serious water rescue incident like this.

The Fairfield County water team was dispatched Sunday but were canceled after the situation was under control.

“We didn’t really think we could just standby with his condition,” Arkley said.

While the fisherman was successfully rescued and is expected to be OK, these incidents are something Shawnee crews will prepare for in the future as outdoor activities increase in popularity in the area.

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