JENKINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Jenkins Township man died yesterday afternoon after his ATV fell through broken ice.
A report released by the coroner stated that 47-year-old Steven Kenzakoski died of cardiac arrest due to drowning in the Mill Creek Reservoir.
Megan Squires also fell into the water and was injured.
Assistant Chief John Amico, from the Germania hose company scuba and water rescue detailed the rescue efforts.
“(Kenzakoski) was pulled out, and resuscitation efforts were made by someone on the scene. None of the rescuers… But by the time we gained access to it, resuscitation efforts had ceased.”
Security was parked, guarding the path that leads to Mill Creek Reservoir after the ATV broke through the ice Saturday afternoon.
Even though ATV’s are banned from this area, first responders arrived on scene to find other riders telling them a female passenger on the ATV made it to shore on her own –but that the male driver was underwater.
Kenzakoski was pulled back to shore but did not survive.
“The shoreline that we recovered the victim on, there was no ice even touching the shoreline. There was about 10 feet of open water and the ice started there” Amico said.
Germania hose company’s scuba and water rescue’s assistant chief says they had trouble getting to the victims at first.
He warns people not to ride ATVs on bodies of water for the rest of the year because of the mild winter we’ve had.
“It’s pretty unsafe for ice fishing let alone riding an ATV out there.”