Rescuing approximately 100 fishermen: About 100 people were rescued after a large chunk of ice broke off a frozen lake in Minnesota, leaving them stranded. Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from fishermen on Upper Red Lake in northern Beltrami County shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Monday, according to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.
The callers reported that a large chunk of ice detached from the main shoreline, stranding approximately 100 people, according to authorities. According to the sheriff’s office, when first responders arrived, they estimated the fishermen had drifted up to 30 yards into open water due to the breakage.
Several water rescue agencies and vehicles were dispatched to the scene and used visual and drone operations to assess the extent of the open water. Authorities used a narrow section of the separation to construct a temporary bridge to help the stranded fishermen.
On Facebook, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office advised those who needed to evacuate to head toward the access point at JR’s Corner. A fisherman named Shane from North Woods Fish Houses in Beltrami County said in a video posted to Facebook that “a pretty big crack” opened up from east to west. “We have some people on the other side of the water line,” he said. “We are going to get to you.”