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More than 40 ice fishermen are rescued after ice floods go out in the Erie lake

March 10, 2019 US 1 Views Breaking News Emails Get urgent news alerts and special reports. March 9, 2019, 11:18 PM GMT By Phil Helsel The Coast Guard and other bodies on Saturday rescued 46 ice fishermen who were on an ice river that broke away near Catawba Island on the Ohio Erie coast, said the Coast Guard. There were more people on the ice raft, but about 1 00 could "self-reassure" by swimming or crossing ice bridges that had been linked to the flop, according to the maritime law enforcement and emergency services. The Coast Guard was notified of the situation at around 8 on Saturday morning and all were saved with about 11, the Coast Guard said. "We are happy to report that everyone is safe," said the Coast Guard Marblehead station in a statement. Ice fishermen go to the beach from a coast guard boat after being rescued from Erie Lake this morning after melting ice left them stranded. A large-scale federal-state local coordinated rescue operation is underway. pic.twitter.com/c60zz0afGB – Ohio_EMA (@Oio_EMA) March 9, 2019 "It happened really fast," Tony Adkins, 42, of Akron, told the Toledo Blade magazine. He was on the ice for about 20 minutes before the cracks in the ice appeared. "We didn't know there was open water past us," he said. "Thank God, the Coast Guard was here for us," Adkins told the newspaper. "You live and you learn, I guess." [19659007] The Coast Guard said that boats and helicopters were sent…

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The Coast Guard and other bodies on Saturday rescued 46 ice fishermen who were on an ice river that broke away near Catawba Island on the Ohio Erie coast, said the Coast Guard.

There were more people on the ice raft, but about 1

00 could “self-reassure” by swimming or crossing ice bridges that had been linked to the flop, according to the maritime law enforcement and emergency services.

The Coast Guard was notified of the situation at around 8 on Saturday morning and all were saved with about 11, the Coast Guard said. “We are happy to report that everyone is safe,” said the Coast Guard Marblehead station in a statement.

“It happened really fast,” Tony Adkins, 42, of Akron, told the Toledo Blade magazine. He was on the ice for about 20 minutes before the cracks in the ice appeared. “We didn’t know there was open water past us,” he said.

“Thank God, the Coast Guard was here for us,” Adkins told the newspaper. “You live and you learn, I guess.” [19659007] The Coast Guard said that boats and helicopters were sent for what it termed a mass rescue. With rising temperatures, the ice broke into several separate ice floods and helicopter and airboat staff could save the fish. Local fire and EMS and other agencies and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also assisted.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station Detroit helps with mass rescue of 46 people from an ice river near Catawba Island on March 9, 2019. [19659015] US Coast Guard District 9

In 2009, another mass rescue of ice fishermen Stranded on a large ice river in Erie Lake, the Associated Press reported at that time.

In that case, 134 fishermen were strung and the fishermen had ignored cracks in the ice and weather warnings and some even built a provisional bridge over the fracture to reach a favorite fishing spot, the AP reported. One person died that day after his snowmobile broke through the ice about 200 meters from the beach.

The Coast Guard said Saturday that when temperatures start to rise, “people are strongly urged not to go out on the ice.”

“Ice may look safe but it is difficult to determine the thickness visually and the increase in hot weather continues to melt and weaken the ice,” said the Coast Guard in a statement.

Catawba Island is located north of Sandusky. [19659021] Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

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