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Idaho Photographer Pulls Angler from Ice
source: Idaho State Journal

MALAD, Idaho - Clay Ross had just finished a photography job in Oneida County Wednesday and was driving north on Interstate 15, talking on his cell phone with a friend. Just a mile or two north of town, something caught his eye on the Devil Creek Reservoir north of Malad.

"As I looked over to the right, I saw what I thought was one man trying to pull another man out of the water through a hole in the ice," said Ross, who's from Idaho Falls. "I told the person on the phone, 'Let me call you back.'"

The 46-year-old Idaho Falls photographer used an extension cord and his truck to rescue an elderly fisherman whose venture out on thin ice nearly killed him.

Clay Ross had just finished a photo shoot in southeastern Idaho and was returning home on U.S. Interstate 15 near Malad's Devil Creek Reservoir when he saw two men struggling near the boat ramp.

A recent cold spell had frozen the surface of the popular fishing hole, and Scott Ravsten, 78, says he wandered onto the ice with a ski pole as a probe before falling through.

Ross used an extension cord and a tie-down strap that Ravsten was clutching in the water to pull him to safety.

Ravsten required treatment at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello because he'd spent 15 minutes in the icy water.