Snowmobilers who died on Oneida County lake identified

Updated: 10:34 a.m. on January 6, 2020 

ONEIDA COUNTY, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials have identified the snowmobilers who died in an Oneida County lake. Two snowmobilers died and a third survived after their sleds hit open water on Lake Nokomis about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff Grady Hartman said Monday the men were on separate snowmobiles when they hit thin ice and then plunged into the water.

Thirty-one-year-old David Erdman, of Hubertus, and 27-year-old Kurtis Shernell, of Hustisford, died. Twenty-six-year-old Austin Zillmer, of Sussex, was able to make it out of the water and called 911.

Hartman says it's not yet known whether alcohol was involved in the deaths. 


Published: 10:35 a.m. on January 5, 2020 

ONEIDA COUNTY, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in northern Wisconsin say two snowmobile riders are dead and a third survived after their machines plunged into a lake.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about snowmobiles and their riders in the water on Lake Nokomis around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities arrived and found that three snowmobiles and three riders had gone into the water.

One rider was able to get out and make the 911 call. The other two riders died at the scene.

Authorities are withholding the names of the victims until family members are notified.

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