U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 18 People After Lake Erie Ice Breaks

The United States Coast Guard rescued 18 people who were stranded on Lake Erie on Feb. 6.

An ice floe broke away near Catawba Island in Lake Erie while people were snowmobiling, the Coast Guard said.

Rescue efforts began at about 1 p.m. local time.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter from Air Station Detroit and an airboat from Station Marblehead and rescued 11 people while a private citizen with an airboat rescued the remaining seven.

None of the rescued individuals needed medical attention, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard urged individuals “who seek recreational opportunities on the ice to take precautions, not chances.”

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