Coast Guard, emergency personnel rescue dozens of fishermen in Lake Erie
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Federal and state officials rescued nearly four dozen fishermen in Lake Erie Saturday after melted ice left them stranded. 

The Coast Guard and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office first received reports Saturday morning that several people were stuck on an ice floe after it broke off from the main ice pack near Catawba Island in northern Ohio. 

Coast Guard Petty Officer Brian McCrum told the Associated Press that the Coast Guard launched helicopters out of Detroit and local authorities deployed airboats to rescue the group. Forty-six people were rescued and about 100 were able to make it back to the shore on their own.


“I’m assuming the wind today opened up the ice and pushed a slab away from the rest,” Catawba Island fire Lt. Eric Schramm told the Sandusky Register.

No injuries have been reported from the incident.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated today that water temperatures near Lake Erie’s surface are as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit, which could induce hypothermia in under 15 minutes if a person is submerged.