Coast Guard Reiterates: "There’s No Such Thing as Safe Ice"

(Sandusky, OH) - A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Detroit and an airboat from Station Marblehead combined with a good Samaritan to help rescue 18 people from an ice floe that separated from land near Catawba Island in Lake Erie Sunday.

According to a press release, rescue efforts began about 1:00 p.m. after an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit noticed approximately 20 people on an ice floe, with several ATVs looking for a route back to land. The helicopter lowered its rescue swimmer and began hoisting operations while Station Marblehead’s airboat got underway. The helicopter hoisted seven people from the floe, four others were rescued by the Coast Guard airboat, and the remaining seven were rescued and transported to shore by a Good Samaritan who also had an airboat on scene.

The United States Coast Guard says all 18 people stuck on an ice drift on Lake Erie over the weekend are safe

The Coast Guard urges all who seek recreational opportunities on the ice to take precautions, not chances. Remember to dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air temperature; to wear a life jacket and carry a reliable form of communication; and to carry icepicks or screwdrivers that can help them self-rescue if they go through the ice

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