On Tuesday, 26 ice-anglers found themselves in need of being rescued from an ice-flow on Lake Superior.
According to Duluth Minnesota Fire Department, Shortly after 11 a.m. they were dispatched to a Water Emergency call in Lake Superior.
Their Facebook post explains the rest of the situation.
A large group of fishermen had been fishing in individual fish houses when the ice that they had been on separated from shore…
Four Quint was the first to arrive a minute after the call came in and found a large group of fishermen who had collapsed their fish houses standing on a large ice flow. Crews were able to make immediate contact with anglers and brought three to shore.
Rescue 1 had then arrived on the scene and deployed a rapid deployment craft (RDC), a boat without a motor, and continued their rescue attempts. Using the RDC, crews were able to bring another three fishermen back to land. Due to the wind speed and direction, crews had to make a change in their rescue plan.
By this time, the 1 Tower crew arrived with Marine 3, a motorized inflatable boat, and deployed it to continue rescue efforts. It was then used to rescue four, two groups of five, and finally, the final three fishermen from the ice flow.
At the same time that this rescue was occurring, an additional angler started walking towards Park Point from the Water Street scene. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Rescue Squad responded with their airboat and rescued the individual.
Within an hour of the original call, the Duluth Fire Department had rescued 26 anglers from the ice. Crews from Headquarters, UMD, Woodland, and Lakeside responded to the call.
The Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff Office, Mayo Ambulance, and the U.S. Coast were also on scene.
Saultonline hopes this is a reminder to all ice users that you can never be too careful and always be prepared for the worst.