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Gary Pederson displays his bandaged fingertips after surviving falling though the ice in Lake Superior last Monday. Pederson was driving on his all-terrain vehicle to a friend's house to give them some fresh-caught fish, when he drove over a patch of weak ice. Jim Natvik (right) of Town of Superior was fishing with him that day. Natvik went looking for him when he didn't return, and helped rescue Pederson out of Lake Superior. Pederson lives in Foxboro. (Amanda Hansmeyer/ ahansmeyer@duluthnews.com)

Man survives 45 minutes in Lake Superior; five help with rescue

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Gary Pederson had worn his fingers raw and bloody on the ice, but he just couldn't manage to pull himself out of the frigid waters of Lake Superior.

Pederson, 66, had gone through the ice of the big lake March 16 near Cornucopia when his all-terrain vehicle plunged through a patch of rotten ice. But he's alive today thanks to his eventual rescue by five other Lake Superior anglers and subsequent medical attention.

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