WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A 75-year-old Franklin man remains hospitalized after he was pulled by rescue personnel from Sugar Lake Sunday morning.
Wayne Hanes, 75, of Franklin is in serious condition at UPMC Hamot in Erie, according to a nursing supervisor.
Cochranton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of an elderly man through the ice at Sugar Lake at about 10:32 a.m. Sunday, according to Cochranton Fire Chief and Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell. The man was in the water about 100 yards from shore, Schell said.
Schell said Hanes was alone when the incident happened and was wearing a life jacket. "Without the life jacket, we may not have been able to pull him out," Schell said. He estimated Hanes may have been in the water for about 45 minutes.
Hanes was not responsive when emergency responders pulled him to shore, according to Schell. Emergency scanner reports said Hanes was on the shore at about 11:12 a.m. Hanes was transported from the scene by emergency medical helicopter.
Cochranton VFD was assisted at the scene by Meadville Ambulance Service, Utica Ambulance Service and the Crawford County Scuba Team.