UPDATE: Herbert C. Lax Jr. found dead after vehicle fell through ice in Marinette County

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MIDDLE INLET, Wisc. (WLUC) - UPDATE at 11:00 a.m. Sunday March 4:

The name of the elderly man who died after his car fell through the ice in Marinette County, Wisc. has been released.

79-year-old Herbert C. Lax Jr. of Green Bay, Wisc. died Friday as a result of his truck going through the ice at Lake Noquebay.

Marinette County Sheriff Dive team members recovered his body early Saturday morning in 12 to 13 feet of water off the end of Maple Beach Road on the north side of the lake.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerome Sauve is warning recreational lake users that it is a dangerous area. The Middle Inlet Creek is flowing into the lake, causing the ice to become very thin in a large area near where the tragedy occurred.


An elderly man is dead after his vehicle fell through the ice in Middle Inlet of Marinette County.

At 8:55 p.m. Friday, Marinette County Dispatch received a call from a fisherman of a possible vehicle that fell through the ice on Lake Noquebay off Maple Beach Road on the north side of the lake. The fisherman was leaving the lake when he spotted open water and a floating cooler, and made the call.

Sheriff's Deputies, Middle Inlet Fire Department, Crivitz Rescue and Town of Stephenson Fire Department were all dispatched to the scene. Using Stephenson's air boat and an underwater camera, deputies could see a red truck and a body of a male partially out of the vehicle on the bottom of the lake at depths of about 12 feet.

Marinette County Sheriff dive team members recovered the body of an elderly man who is believed to have been alone in his truck when it fell through the ice. The Marinette County Coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The name of the victim is not being released until next of kin is notified.

The investigation into the man's death is ongoing by the Sheriff's Office and the Coroner.

This area is dangerous due to the Middle Inlet Creek that flows into the lake near Maple Beach Road. Barrier tape has been placed across the end of the road at the lake, and cones are in place around the open water where the truck fell through the ice.

The Sheriff's Office is warning the public that ice conditions are deteriorating quickly, and the danger is deceiving in areas like this one as the ice wears thin from the bottom.