46 Fishermen Rescued After Terrifying Ordeal on Lake Erie: 'Everybody Was Screaming'

March 12, 2019Mar 12, 2019

An amazing miracle has just taken place on one of the most iconic lakes in the world. Rescuers were able to save dozens of fishermen on Lake Erie after an ice floe separated them from shore.

The Coast Guard in northern Ohio was able to rescue 46 anglers who were essentially trapped when the ice they were fishing on suddenly became disconnected from the shore. It was a terrifying incident that could have had a devastating ending.

“Everybody was screaming,” James Gibelyou, 33, told Fox 8 of the incident. “I kind of panicked at first, but then I talked to my wife and got control of myself. There were a couple of guys who were freaking out and we calmed them down and got the situation figured out.”

Other fishermen were also out on the ice when the event occurred. Those closer to shore were able to wade into the water and make it back to the beach safely. However, anglers who were further out were stranded on the floating iceberg.

"Pictures from Saturday morning show emergency workers transporting the stranded fishermen to the shore via airboats. Two were reportedly airlifted to a local hospital for further medical evaluation, amid reports from Fox 8 that some of the people fell into the water when the ice broke," reported Fox News.

The scary ice floe is being credited to the warmer weather that is sweeping through the region. The Coast Guard has issued a major warning so something terrible doesn't happen in the near future.

“As temperatures begin to rise, the Coast Guard strongly urges people not to go out onto ice,” the Coast Guard wrote in a news release. “Ice may look safe but it is difficult to determine the thickness visually and the increase in warm weather will continue to melt and weaken the ice.”

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