18 rescued unharmed after ice break in Great Lakes


18 people who were isolated on a large ice sheet in Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of the Midwestern United States on the 6th (local time), were rescued safely.

The U.S. Coast Guard said 18 people who were isolated on a large chunk of ice floating on Lake Erie were rescued without injuries on the same day, ABC and Fox News reported.

They were isolated on this block of ice as a large buoyant ice was separated and floated away while snowmobiling on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) on an icy lake.

A helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s Detroit Air Base found them and dispatched rescuers to rescue seven people with helicopters.

The other four were rescued by Coast Guard seaplanes and seven others were rescued by a resident with a seaplane.

The Coast Guard advises that anyone wishing to engage in recreational activities on the ice should not risk it.

“There is no such thing as safe ice,” a Coast Guard official said. “The ice in the Great Lakes is unpredictable, and the situation can change quickly.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) Cleveland branch warned people not to go to the ice sheet the day before, saying that there is a possibility that people will be isolated as the ice sheet on the lake separated on the 5th.


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