The Buena Vista County Sheriff says the two people who died when their car broke through the ice Sunday evening on Storm Lake were a father and his 8-year-old son.
Sheriff Kory Elston says the man and his three children came to Storm Lake to play at an indoor waterpark Sunday afternoon.
Elston says it’s not known why the man decided to drive out on to the nearby lake.
The car was seen driving slowly before it became submerged in the freezing water, a quarter-mile or farther from shore.
Elston says rescuers found three wet children on the ice, and the father was in the water.
Rescuers used sleds to get the family to the shore.
The other two children, girls ages 9 and 5, were flown to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Elston says their prospects for surviving “look positive.”
The family hasn’t been identified.
Updated 9:37 am 1/22/19
Two people are dead after their vehicle plunged through the ice on Storm Lake Sunday evening.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff says authorities responded to the call just after 5:40 p.m.
Rescue crews located one adult male and three small children who were brought to shore and transported to a local hospital.
The adult and one of the children were later pronounced dead.
The other two children were transferred by helicopter to a Sioux Falls Hospital.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims at this time.
The incident remains under investigation by the Buena Vista Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.