2 fishermen dead after fall through ice in Saginaw Bay

Airboat brought the victims in and its trailer after the incident. (Photos courtesy of Huron County Sheriff's office)

FAIRHAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say two fishermen have been found dead after they fell through the ice on Saginaw Bay.

Authorities have identified the victims as 73-year-old Dennis Shaw of Fowlerville and 69-year-old Willard Slider of Caro.

The Huron County sheriff's department says it responded Sunday after a person reported that he'd received a voicemail from a friend who reported falling through the ice off of Fairhaven Township, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Detroit.

The department says an ATV and ice fishing shanty were found in water roughly 4 feet (1.2 meters) deep. Two bodies were found by searchers nearby. Names weren't immediately released.

The sheriff's office says the call for help appears to have been made about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, but the voicemail didn't arrive until about 2:30 p.m.

The deaths are under investigation and authorities are urging people to use caution on unpredictable ice.

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