STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Wing Guard and several masses of agencies rescued 66 people stranded on ice floes in a bay in northeastern Wisconsin.
Ice boats and helicopters had been used to convey the people who had been ice fishing to security Thursday in Door County. Three separate ice floes broke away after cracks developed between the shore and groups of people, the Wing Guard mentioned.
High winds associated with an approaching iciness storm pushed the floes additional from shore. No one was injured.
“This present day’s success is an instantaneous results of efficient practising and the long standing and shut relationships with our agency companions in the upper Sturgeon Bay Residence,” mentioned Cmdr. Bryan Swintek, search and rescue coordinator for Wing Guard Sector Lake Michigan.
Wing Guard Ice Rescue teams from Sturgeon Bay, Wing Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, two helicopters from Traverse Metropolis, Michigan, the Wisconsin Division of Natural Sources, and native govt agencies assisted in the rescue, which took four hours to full.
Helicopter crews reduced rescue swimmers to the ice to serve coordinate the rescues as native first responders and the Wing Guard’s ice boats arrived.