OAK HARBOR, Ohio – About 30 ice fishermen were rescued from Lake Erie on Friday after becoming stranded on a huge chunk of ice that broke away and drifted about four miles from shore. No injuries were reported.
One of the fishermen called the Coast Guard on his cell phone, and rescue crews used boats and a helicopter to bring them and a dog back to shore.
Most of the fishermen were forced to leave their all-terrain vehicles, fishing shanties and the rest of their gear behind on the ice.
The ice floe, about 10 miles wide, broke away about 10 miles east of Toledo after the wind picked up.