By Associated Press - Monday, February 15, 2016

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources is warning about thin ice across southern Wisconsin after the death of an Illinois man whose snowmobile went into Lake Geneva.

The DNR says the man’s snowmobile hit open water in the middle of the lake about 9 p.m. Sunday. Another man jumped off his machine and stayed on the ice. He called for help, but WISN-TV reports it took about an hour for rescuers to reach him. DNR Warden Juan Gomez says because of the open water in the center of the lake, rescuers didn’t want to put emergency responders at risk until they could prepare.

Fifty-three-year-old Mark Reninger of Wheeling, Illinois, died at the scene. The other man was hospitalized and treated for hypothermia.

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