CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Coast Guard and fire department personnel rescued 10 people who were stranded on ice floes in Lake Erie in Cleveland, authorities said.
Coast Guard Great Lakes said in a Twitter post that an ice rescue team and local agencies responded at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of 10 people stranded on two separate ice floes near Edgewater Park. A helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Detroit for air support.
The Coast Guard said six people were rescued via an ice skiff and fire department rescuers escorted the other four people off the ice.
WKYC-TV reported that the rescue involved seven adults and three children. The Coast Guard was originally notified at about 2:45 p.m. that two people were on the ice but found 10 people stuck on two ice floes that had been connected to land but had broken off, the station reported.
The National Weather Service earlier issued a warning of dangerous ice conditions for the lake, urging everyone not to venture onto the ice. Officials said “areas of ice could break off from the shore” and “if you are on the ice and it breaks away from shore, you will become stranded.”