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Two children, adult die after falling in icy ponds

November 26, 2005

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— Two children and an adult died Friday after falling through the ice in two southeastern Wisconsin ponds, officials said.

A 9-year-old girl fell through the ice of a small pond while ice skating, and her father plunged in trying to save her.

A few miles away, a 12-year-old boy on an all-terrain vehicle broke through another frozen pond. Cody Lechler was pulled from the water and died at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee, officials said.

The bodies of the father and daughter, Brian Obbink, 44, and Megan were recovered later Friday by a law enforcement dive team, Sheboygan County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Tuttle said.

Megan had been skating on the football-field size pond in Cedar Grove with her 6-year-old sister Friday morning when the ice broke and Megan fell through. When their father tried to save her, he also fell in, Tuttle said. The younger sister ran to a nearby home for help, and someone called 911, but it was too late.

About 10 miles northwest of Cedar Grove, in the Town of Lyndon, rescuers pulled a 12-year-old boy from a small pond after he drove a four-wheeler into the pond, Cascade Police Chief Cory Roeseler said.

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