PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say dozens of fishermen stranded on an ice floe in Lake Erie have been rescued by the US Coast Guard and local emergency personnel in northern Ohio.
The Coast Guard and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office began receiving information around 8:30 am on Saturday that a large number of people would have been trapped on an ice floe that separated from the main ice floe connected to the mainland. Catawba Island.
More than 100 fishermen have failed, according to several media in the region.
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Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian McCrum said the Coast Guard had launched helicopters from Detroit and local rescue personnel had sent rubber boats to recover the stranded fishermen. According to McCrum, 46 people were rescued, including two fishermen hauled by helicopter and subjected to medical examinations.
About 100 people returned to the coast on their own.
An ice fisherman goes to shore from a Coast Guard hydrofoil after being rescued from Lake Erie this morning after ice melting has left them stranded. A large-scale coordinated rescue effort between the federal, state and local governments is underway. pic.twitter.com/c60zz0afGB
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