**Update** Authorities have identified the victim Michael Halder, 66, of Cherokee.

**Original** The body of a missing fisherman was recovered from a rural farm pond Wednesday afternoon.

According to Radio Iowa, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday reporting an ice fisherman had gone missing. The man was reported missing at a Cherokee County rural farm pound.

About 45 minutes later, at around 2:15, a body was recovered from the water and the fisherman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Authorities are investigating the drowning.

The identity of the individual has not been released yet due to family notifications.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s department was assisted by Cherokee Fire Department, Aurelia Fire Department, Cherokee Emergency Management, Cherokee Police Department, dive teams from Plymouth and Buena Vista counties, Cherokee Regional Medical Center, and Wings Rescue on the scene.

Be Careful When Fishing on the Ice in March

Ice fishing is already amongst the most dangerous outdoor sports and according to Field and Stream, this is especially the case in March. This is when the ice pack is deteriorating.

Even during the height of winter, it can be a dangerous sport.

Back in January, in the Green Bay area of Wisconsin, a group of roughly 40 people was fishing on a chunk of ice connected to the shoreline near Point Comfort along the east shore of the Bay of Green Bay when the patch of ice they were on broke off and floated away.

By the time every person had been rescued, the piece of ice had floated about a mile away from the shore. No one was hurt in the process of rescue.

Because ice can be unpredictable at times, it’s recommended that people phone for conditions first.

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