DEEP CREEK LAKE — Two fishermen who fell through the ice early Tuesday afternoon at Deep Creek Lake were rescued by Natural Resources Police officers who were first on the scene when the incident occurred.
The injured men, Thomas Soberdash III, 47, of Dunbar, Pa. and Robert Ebbert, 47, of Fairfield, Iowa, had fallen through the ice near 1190 Rock Lodge Road.
When officers arrived, they saw the men approximately 250 yards from shore. The two officers put on exposure suits, tied ropes to their suits and headed out on the ice to rescue them.
The first officer got within 15 feet of the victims, threw a line to them, immediately broke through the ice into the lake and assisted the men to shore. They were transported to Garrett Memorial Hospital and were listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon.
The victims said they were in the lake for approximately 20 minutes and did not think they would have lasted much longer if the NRP officers did not show up.
The incident reportedly oc-curred at about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Bill’s Outdoor Center.
Natural Resource Police warns citizens to stay off the ice until colder temperatures return to the area. The recent warming trend has weakened and melted the ice making in unfit to be on.
Northern and Southern Garrett rescue squads and Deer Park and Deep Creek Lake volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene, according to the Garrett County 911 center.