OWASCO — A duck hunter was uninjured after he fell through the ice on Owasco Lake Thursday afternoon. 

A caller reported seeing a figure out on Owasco Lake and then not seeing the person reappear around 3:45 p.m. When crews from Owasco and Fleming water rescue arrived on the scene, the hunter was out of the water and was walking back to shore.

The hunter said he fell through the ice but was not injured and refused medical treatment, Fleming Fire Chief Scott Kehoe and Owasco Fire Chief Chris Morabito said. Rescue crews made their way out onto the ice to recover the hunter's weapon, the chiefs said. The hunter was wearing a life vest, according to Kehoe and Morabito, but he was also wearing white camouflage, which made him hard to spot. 

Kehoe urged people to stay off the ice. 

"The ice is not ready (for people to be on it)," Kehoe said. "It's very dangerous. Please use caution." 

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 

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