Rescue Crews suspend search for ATV rider who fell through ice

Frenchtown Twp., MI (WTVG) - Rescue workers have delayed the search on Lake Erie the day after a man riding a four-wheeler fell through the ice.

Family members tell 13abc Derik Bondy, 40, was riding his four-wheeler on the ice near Stoney Point Peninsula in Frenchtown Township when he fell through.

"It doesn't seem real," Amy Bondy, Derik's sister-in-law, said. "I'm a robot one minute and crying the next."

Rescue crews spent about an hour searching for Bondy Wednesday night. Poor ice conditions put the search on hold Thursday.

Amy said her cousin, who lives nearby, heard Derik shout for help.

"She heard him yell, 'Help! I'm getting kind of cold out here,'" Amy said. "He was fighting, at least."

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Bondy was about a thousand feet from shore. The only remaining sign of where he fell through is a 12-foot hole.

Amy said her brother-in-law also grew up along Lake Erie and enjoyed being out on the water.

"He loved the lake. He loved boating," she said. "He knows the water better than he knows the roads, and it's very out of character for him to go out that far."

Her whole family spent much of the night together, hoping for a miracle. With the search suspended, that hope is fading.

"He was just the best person. He was so kind, and so fun," Amy said.