DULUTH, MN– Officials say 35 fishermen were rescued from an ice floe on Superior Bay off Park Point Saturday morning.
The Duluth Fire Department responded to the call just before 11 a.m.
Acting Assistant Fire Chief Mark Herman says, the department got a call saying people were “out in the water or potentially trapped” on the ice.
Herman says a crack opened up in the ice, blocking their path to get back to land. He says a strong wind off the lake pushed the ice which opened the crack.
He says crews had to assist 35 people and their gear back to Park Point.
Officials are always warning people about the potential dangers of ice. Herman says, “this ice shifts all the time in the Duluth area and strong wind change like this, it’s very dangerous to be on the ice this time of year.”
Herman says one man crossed the ice crack with all his gear on and got very wet and cold. He says hypothermia is a real threat if the fishermen would have been stranded for too long.
The U.S. Coast Guard, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, and DNR all assisted in the rescue.