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All 20 individuals stranded on Lake Erie ice near Catawba Island are accounted for and out of danger

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Coast Guard Rescues 20 People from Ice Floes

Catawba Island – March 14, 2023

The U.S. Coast Guard recently carried out a daring rescue operation to save 20 individuals who were stranded on ice floes just off the coast of Catawba Island. The dramatic operation involved a Coast Guard helicopter, three airboats, and an ATV, all of which responded swiftly to the emergency.

Thankfully, all 20 people were successfully rescued and accounted for by 12:41 p.m., ensuring their safety and well-being. The Coast Guard played a crucial role in the rescue, saving nine individuals, while the Put-in-Bay Fire Department rescued four others. Additionally, seven people managed to self-rescue using their own airboat.

Understanding Ice Floes

For those unfamiliar with the term, an ice floe is a floating sheet of ice that has broken off from a larger ice formation. These can be unpredictable and dangerous, especially in areas subject to winds or currents, leading to drift into open waters. The public is urged to exercise caution and stay away from the area. Updates will be provided as the situation develops.

History of Ice Rescue Operations

This is not the first time the Coast Guard has been called out for ice rescue operations in the area. In the past, similar incidents have occurred, including rescues in 2016, 2019, and 2022. Each time, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard have stepped up to the challenge, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to saving lives.

Watch the 2022 Rescue Operation

If you’re interested in seeing the incredible work of the Coast Guard and good Samaritans during the 2022 ice rescue, you can watch the coverage in the player below.

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rush to rescue 18 stuck on Lake Erie ice

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Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Good punctuation and grammar, agree: So glad to hear everyone is safe! Such a scary situation, thankful for the rescue efforts!

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