66 people survived snow drift in the Gulf of Wisconsin

66 people survived snow drift in the Gulf of Wisconsin

STURGEON BAY: The US Coast Guard and several other agencies rescued 66 people trapped on ice in a bay in northeast Wisconsin. On Thursday, ice boats and helicopters were used to bring people fishing in ice to safety in Door County. The Coast Guard said three separate ice cubes broke off after cracks developed between the coast and a group of people.
The strong winds associated with the winter storm pushed the seashore more. No one was injured.
“Today’s success is a result of effective training and long-lasting and close relationships with our agency’s partners in the greater Sturgeon Bay area,” said Cmdr. Brian Swintek, search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard’s Lake Michigan.
Coast Guard ice rescue teams from Sturgeon Bay, Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, Travers City, Michigan, two helicopters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and local government agencies assisted in the rescue, which took four hours to complete.
The helicopter crew landed rescue swimmers in the ice to help in the rescue as local first responders and Coast Guard ice boats.

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