On Saturday, the shocking news was reported that 46 people had to be rescued by the United States Coast Guard. Almost four dozen ice fisherman were trapped on an ice floe at the western end of Lake Erie.
According to reports, the accident took place near Catawba Island. Around 150 people were fishing when an ice floe broke free. The Coast Guard noted that around 100 people were able to rescue themselves.
While many people were able to swim or walk on ice bridges, at least 46 people were stuck on the ice floe. The Coast Guard Station Marblehead received the news at around 8 a.m. on Saturday. At that time, around 40 people were in the water and around 100 were still stranded.
According to reports, the rescue required two 20-foot Special Purpose Craft-airboats, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters.
Thankfully, 46 people were rescued and no injuries were reported in the incident. The rescues were completed by around 11:15 a.m.
Catawba Island fire Lt. Eric Schramm said, “I’m assuming the wind today opened up the ice and pushed a slab away from the rest.”
According to The Hill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had estimated that Lake Erie’s water temperatures at the surface would have been as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. They noted that if a person was submerged, they could have experienced hypothermia in as little as 15 minutes.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported in this accident. The Coast Guard pulled off an amazing rescue! In other recent news, the horrible news was reported on Saturday that a plane crash claimed the lives of twelve people.