Lafayette fisherman dies after falling through frozen pond

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. – A Lafayette fisherman has died after he and another man fell through a frozen pond on Wednesday.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the scene near the 2570 block West of 750 North shortly before 3 p.m.

When officers arrived, they learned one of the men, a 45-year-old, made it out of the water and went to a nearby home to get help. The second man, 63-year-old Thomas Watkins, was trapped under the water.

The sheriff’s office says members of a water rescue team were called to the scene and were able to remove Watkins from the icy pond. He was then transported to IU Arnett Hospital in critical condition, but later died from his injuries.

Authorities believe the men didn’t have personal flotation devices with them at the time of the incident.

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