One rescuer and the U.S coast guard rescued eighteen snowmobilers on Sunday after a large piece of ice broke off in Lake Erie in Ohio.
Rescuers on a helicopter noted that the piece of ice in which a group of eighteen people had assembled was slowly moving into the lake, and they started the rescue mission.
The team rescued seven people on the helicopter. Seven others were rescued by an individual who had a personal boat.
A coast guard airboat rescued four of the remaining individuals. The rescuers saved all eighteen people.
“There’s no such thing as safe ice, but people can mitigate their risks,” said Jeremiah Schiessel. “Always be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Great Lakes ice is unpredictable, and conditions can change fast.”
People going onto the ice should dress appropriately for the conditions, wear life jackets, and have sharp tools like screwdrivers.
They will help break the ice if they happen to fall into the water accidentally. It was according to the coast guard.
The NWS in Cleveland warned people of the dangerous conditions a day before the rescue. “You should stay off the ice on Lake Erie as there is the possibility that the ice will drift away from shore,” the tweet said. “Dangerous ice conditions could develop causing people to become trapped on the ice.”
People are supposed to be careful when on the ice. According to the NSW, people should walk in 2 inches thick ice, snowmobile on 5-inch-thick ice, and drive trucks on 12-inch-thick ice.
However, people have not been following this, which has caused some of the accidents in icy lakes.