Russians rescued more than 640 ice fishermen Sunday after two large ice floes broke loose from shore and began drifting out to sea, a news report said.
The ITAR-Tass news agency said the rescues occurred in the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg.
One helicopter made two flights and retrieved a total of 123 fishermen, the report said, while two maritime rescue ships picked up another 429. Border guards and private boats rescued the rest, ITAR-Tass said, citing the St. Petersburg civil defense department.
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