Fishermen Trapped on Lake Erie Ice Floe
An eight-mile-wide ice floe broke loose from the Ohio shore of Lake Erie, stranding hundreds of ice fishermen.
Warming temperatures cracked the ice and sank the wooden ramps the fishermen used to get out to their fishing spots.
The Coast Guard stationed in Toldeo, Ohio trains for just such an event.
According to CBS Affiliate WTOL, a group of ice fisherman became trapped as high winds and warming temperatures caused a crack in the ice to shift.
The Ottawa County Sheriff estimated there were between 175 and 300 people trapped, spread out along the coastline.
The Coast Guard says 300 to 500 ice fishermen are stuck on an ice floe about eight miles wide that has broken free and is floating away from the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie, FOXToledo.com reports.
WTOL reports that one fisherman has fallen through the ice. Crews have pulled him out and were performing CPR on him.