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Ten Green Bay Fishermen Rescued From Floating Ice

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jan 7, 2013 10:20PM

Ten fishermen were rescued from an ice floe that broke away in the bay of Green Bay.

Authorities say wind caused the ice to break, separating a group of 14 fishermen. The Coast Guard and local authorities pulled the men from two separate floes.

According to the Green Bay Gazette, two of the fishermen jumped over a crack in the ice before authorities arrived and continued fishing.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

"Because of Green Bay, there's a lot of open water in the middle. The wind causes the ice to shift, and it broke away with them. There was no way for them to get back to shore without them being rescued," Lt. Steve Perry said.

"There were two different ice shelves. One group was out about a mile, the other was out about three-fourths of a mile. They were only out about 500 yards. Once the ice shelf broke, they ended up being out miles."

"We just heard the ice crack and it started drifting as we were fishing, and we started packing up and as we were packing up the ice started drifting faster than we thought," one of the fishermen told WBAY.

In the news report below, WBAY reports eight people were rescued, but they've since updated the text to reflect 10 people were rescued from the ice floe.