Unattended Vehicles Sink Through Ice on Warm Day in Wisconsin

Over a dozen vehicles plunged into Lake Geneva after parking on what they thought was solid ice.
1:21 | 02/08/16

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inflatable boat to rescue the others. They're expected to be fine. And thin ice also affecting others parking to get to a winter festival in Wisconsin. Turns out it was on the lake itself. And when they returned, they found some of their cars were beyond rescue. Here's Gloria Riviera. Reporter: The scene, ended with over a dozen vehicles submerged in the frigid waters of Wisconsin's lake Geneva. Those drivers, sure they had left them in a good spot. We came down, we saw that people were parked on the ice so we said, "Heck yeah! Let's park on the ice." Reporter: They did. Heading off to a local winter festival. Conor long snapped this photo showing car after car in the background tightly packed together. Within hours, this -- We have vehicles through the lake with no subjects in it. We need manpower. Reporter: Emergency crews, crawling out on thin ice to save cars. At least ten are a total loss. They were all parked within arm's reach of one another. That's a lot of weight for ten inches of ice. Reporter: Safety experts say ice must be 8 to 12 inches thick to hold a car or small pickup. 12 to 15 inches thick for a mid-size truck. But who is measuring? The minute you decide to drive a vehicle onto the lake, you are basically rolling the dice. Reporter: No ice is 100% safe. I think it is stupid to park on the ice, now. Wouldn't do that again. But, live and learn, right? Reporter: Luckily no one was hurt. Gloria Riviera, ABC news, Washington.

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