Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Upstate NY
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As I was getting to my feet, my friends brother; Matt (BTW we just met an hour ago) was running toward my wheeler, rope in hand. Too Late. Matt starts apologizing like crazy and pacing back and forth. My friend; Josh comes from around the corner. And in hindsight his expression was hilarious, Confusion, then horror, then apologetic, then VERY worried. I turn to Matt who honestly looks like he is afraid for his life, and ask him "What do we do now?" It was like a light switch flipped in his head. He turns to Josh and tells him to go get a decent length of rope, a ratchet strap, a chainsaw and tell NOBODY especially not their father. Apparently "Dad" didn't want his boys coming over and taking a stranger out on the ice, he was afraid something might happen.
Josh takes off. Matt says "we need three small pine trees, a branch, and we can get started."
Who is this guy? MacGyver? Turns out the pine trees are laid down around the hole in a triangle slightly overlapping each other (they disperse the weight over the thin ice.) We stand on the trees and Matt starts poking around in the water with the branch. Although we couldn't see the wheeler, we managed to locate it with the stick and determine it was upside down, hadn't drifted, and had about 4 feet of water over the top of it.
Josh comes back with Chainsaw, rope, and ratchet strap.
Matt takes the ratchet strap apart, ties the hook end to the stick and pokes around until he hooks the frame of the Griz, then pulls the other end of the strap. Hand over hand, then the Griz emerges. I hold the strap. Matt ties the long rope to the wheeler.
Matt then takes off cutting holes in the ice all over. Apparently where I broke through the ice was about two inches thick. He keeps looking and eventually finds a spot where the ice is about six inches thick (why was I even out there???) Matt then cuts a long slice in the ice with the chainsaw to where the ice is "thick" (if you can call six inches thick) and then cuts a 5' square hole. I pull the rope down the slit in the ice to the fresh cut hole. We pull the Griz to the edge, position it and pull it up onto the ice. It had been under for about 45 minutes upside down.
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