66 fishermen stranded on ice floes in Wisconsin

66 fishermen stranded on ice floes in Wisconsin

Authorities are urging people to check local weather before heading out onto the ice. The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 66 people trapped on three separate ice floes that have drifted offshore in Door County, Wisconsin.

The fishermen who were trapped on the ice floes were spotted breaking away around 9 a.m., but it was too late. The ice had broken away and moved more than a mile offshore, cutting off people’s ability to get away. The Door County Sheriff’s Office said there was a lot of ice extending from Little Harbor and southwest to Snake Island, so people thought the fishing spot was safe.

The Coast Guard sent rescuers from Sturgeon Bay and Cutter Mobile Bay stations and two helicopters from Traverse City Airfield to rescue 66 fishermen. It took the three agencies four hours to rescue everyone. There is no word on the condition of the rescued people.

One man involved in the rescue said he had never seen an incident like this in his 30-plus years of fishing in Sturgeon Bay. The sheriff’s department urges everyone to exercise caution on the ice, as weather conditions can change depending on the snow and wind.