TOWN OF EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB)- Calls reporting people stranded on Lake Erie due to an ice shift began pouring into Town of Evans dispatch Sunday afternoon.
Six ice fishermen were stranded by open water 150 yards off shore from Sturgeon Point Marina. Evans Police say they received the call around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Co., North Evans Volunteer Fire Co,. and Lake Erie Beach Volunteer Fire Co., along with American Medical Response (AMR) emergency medical services responded to the scene. Due to the break in the ice spanning miles along the shoreline, first responders weren’t able to reached the men.
Erie County Sheriff’s Air One was called in and rescued everyone in sets of two and brought them to safety on land. The men told police they’d been ice fishing since 9 a.m. and when they tried to return to shore, they noticed the ice had separated.
No injuries were reported.
The Sheriff’s Office says ice fishermen should always have reliable communication, distress signaling, and emergency gear. For more ice safety tips click here.