Dozens of ice fisherman saved by Lake ice broke near Catawba Island


OTTAWA COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) – More than a hundred people are safe after being stranded off the coast of Catawba Island State Park in Port Clinton Saturday morning.

The Ottawa County Sheriff 's Office told 13abc between 100 to150 people were stranded when the ice broke free. It got warmer. The wind changed, and then

"Everybody around the world is starting to get used to the ice, and everybody's packing up, and we're all running, and by that time it was already too late. said James Gibelyou. He was one of the ice fisherman who was stranded.

Officials from the Catawba fire and police departments worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, Port Clinton Fire Department, Put-in-Bay Fire Department, and the Ottawa County Sherrif's dive team in the rescue efforts.

"I did not want to jump in the face of my fellowship because I was so cold, and I was tired," said Jake Williams. He was one of the ice fisherman stranded.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, roughly 24 people were rescued by air boat and two others by helicopter.

No one was hurt. But, a lesson was learned the hard way.

"I will not be here anytime soon," said Williams.

"It was just ridiculous going out," said Gibelyou.

First responders say this as a reminder: no ice is safe ice.

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