PAYNESVILLE - Three men escaped injury after the SUV they were riding in broke through the ice on Lake Koronis.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened at about 5:30 a.m. this (Tuesday) morning.

Twenty-seven year old Wong Thao of St. Paul was driving the vehicle through an area referred to as "First Island" and "Alexander Point" on the northeast side of Paynesville Township lake.

Thao and his two passengers, 29-year-old David Thao of Oakdale and 24-year-old Allen Thao of Maplewood, were able to get out of the vehicle and walk to the shore.