By Shereen Siewert

A 38-year-old man is dead after his snowmobile struck a tree early Saturday in St. Germain, Vilas County officials said in a news release.

Vilas County 911 received a call just after 4 a.m. reporting the crash, which happened near the shoreline of Little St. Germain Lake. The caller told the 911 operator the man had struck the tree and was not breathing.

A second snowmobiler who was searching for the crash scene plunged through the ice on Little St. Germain Lake, officials said. The second snowmobiler escaped the water and is not injured.

The snowmobile operator who struck the tree, an Illinois man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the man who died has not yet been released.

The crash is under investigation.