Coast Guard Helps Rescue 18 Folks Stranded on Ice Floe in Lake Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Coast Guard authorities say 18 individuals had been rescued from an ice floe that broke away in Lake Erie over the weekend.

Officers mentioned a helicopter from Air Station Detroit observed a gaggle of individuals on the floe close to Ohio’s Catawba Island at about 1 p.m. Sunday with a number of all-terrain automobiles looking for a route again to land.

The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer and commenced hoisting operations whereas an airboat acquired underway from the close by Marblehead station, the Coast Guard mentioned.

The helicopter lifted seven individuals from the floe, and the airboat rescued 4 others, officers mentioned. The opposite seven individuals had been picked up and brought to shore by a superb Samaritan who additionally had an airboat on the scene.

Emergency medical companies had been standing by, however nobody required medical consideration, the Coast Guard mentioned.

Authorities earlier urged individuals to “keep off the ice on Lake Erie as there may be the likelihood that the ice will drift away from shore.”

Final week, crews from the 2 Coast Guard stations had been additionally referred to as in to help Catawba Island volunteer firefighters in rescuing seven individuals from one other floe west of the peninsula jutting out into the Nice Lake.

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