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VIDEO: Colorado Man Dies After Falling Through Ice; Warmer Weather Thinning Ice Pack

22 Jan 2015, 9:09 pm

EVERGREEN, Colo. – According to 9News in Denver, a man pulled from Evergreen Lake — located in north-central Colorado — Thursday morning, has died. He was driving a tractor when it fell through the ice.

The man has been identified as 67-year-old Greg Henika of Jefferson County.

Fire officials say Henika was submerged under the water for 40 minutes before being rescued and airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Henika volunteered with the Blue Spruce Kiwanis Club. He was grooming the ice for an upcoming charity ice golf event using a tractor that had a plow on the front of it.

Evergreen Fire Rescue confirmed there was only one person on the tractor.

There were several other workers on the ice at the time of the accident. They called 911 when they saw the tractor go through the ice.

Evergreen Fire and the West Metro dive team have cleared the ice and are working to pull out the tractor.

Days of warmer temperatures, across the country, have caused early-season thinning ice, in some locations.

According to, if the ice is than two inches thick, stay off. Four inches is safe for ice fishing and foot traffic, five inches is good for snowmobiling, 8 to 12 inches will support a passenger car and 12 to 15 inches of ice will safely support a medium-sized truck.

Check out the video above for more information.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

9News in Denver contributed to this report

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