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  posted on 2/7/2009 at 09:05 PM
Crazy boys on the ice. This happens nearly every year on Lake Erie. Keep in mind when youy read this that when you are rescued, your atvs and snowmobiles are NOT rescued and when the ice melts they sink.


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Feb 7 08:25 PM US/Eastern
By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press Writer



OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) - A miles-wide ice floe broke away Saturday from Lake Erie's shoreline, trapping more than 130 fishermen offshore, some for as long as four hours. One man fell into the water and later died of an apparent heart attack.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Robert Lanier, said 134 people had been plucked from the ice by late afternoon. Rescuers in helicopters lowered baskets onto the ice, and people climbed in and were lifted to safety. Others boarded air boats that glided across the ice.

"We were in no danger," said Norb Pilaczynski of Swanton, Ohio, who was rescued from the lake along with several of his friends. "We knew there was enough ice out there."

The day began with fishermen setting down wooden pallets to create a bridge over a crack in the ice so they could roam farther out on the lake. But the planks fell into the water when the ice shifted, stranding the fishermen about 1,000 yards offshore.

"We get people out here who don't know how to read the ice," Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said. "What happened here today was just idiotic. I don't know how else to put it."

Leslie Love, 65, of New Albany, Ohio, died of an apparent heart attack after his snowmobile broke through the ice while he was searching for a safe place to cross back to shore, according to the Ottawa County sheriff's office.

Love collapsed after he was helped back onto solid ice, the sheriff's office said. A relative performed CPR until a helicopter transported Love to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ice on western sections of Lake Erie was up to 2 feet thick Saturday, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Randel said. The ice cracked as temperatures rose and winds of up to 35 mph pushed on the ice.

"The crack blew up," said Chuck Hasty of Holland, Ohio, who has been out on the ice all week. "It was a matter of a minute or so."

When fishermen realized late Saturday morning that the ice had broken away, they began to debate the best way off. Some chose to sit and wait for authorities, while others headed east in search of an ice bridge.

"I don't know how many snowmobiles and four-wheelers took off like a gold rush to the east," Hasty said.



Fishermen closer to the ice break used their cell phones to warn those farther from shore.

For entertainment while they waited, one angler dropped a recently hooked walleye—the target catch of the season—back into the water as a group gathered to watch it swim, said fisherman David Hudzinski of Muskego, Wis.

Others managed to get to land on their own by riding their all-terrain vehicles about five miles east to where ice hadn't broken away.

A second fisherman went into the frigid water when he tried to drive his ATV over a small crack in the ice, Lanier said. A rescue boat pulled him out within a few minutes, and he was brought to shore and wrapped in blankets. The man was not treated at a hospital and went home, Lanier said.

Those rescued had to leave behind most of their equipment, including coolers, snowmobiles and ATVs. Hasty, who was rescued by an air boat, said he was allowed to haul a five-gallon bucket filled with his electronic equipment.

When the rescued fishermen made it to shore, authorities had them line up single-file to take down their names, Hasty said.

"So if we got caught on the ice again, they would charge us a fine for being out there under those conditions," he explained.

Ice fisherman who regularly visit the lake have said this winter's thick ice has lured more people to the lake. The number of ice fishermen has been unprecedented, said Oak Harbor resident Peter Harrison, who has lived on the shore for 40 years.

"There was a heck of a city out there for the last week and a half, two weeks," the 71-year-old said.

Even in cold temperatures, the ice in western Lake Erie is often unsafe because of currents that can easily cause the ice to shift.

Ohio Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jamey Graham said the state annually warns fishermen that there's no such thing as "safe ice." And authorities along the lake are trained for these type of rescues.

"You have to know the weather. You have to know how to read the ice," Bratton said. "It doesn't take much for this to break."

Four helicopters were sent from Michigan and eight air boats from the Coast Guard, Lanier said. Local authorities also sent air boats out on the ice.

The rescue operation cost thousands of dollars, Bratton said. None of the fishermen will likely be forced to cover the cost, officials said.

"To the best of my knowledge, they didn't break any laws," Lanier said. "Ice fishing is a culture here on the Great Lakes."

Hasty, 65, admitted the possibility of melting ice was in the back of his mind when he set out Saturday morning.

"I thought we could get away with it for today," he said. "When you're crazy for fishin' I guess, and the fish are biting, I just couldn't resist it."

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Associated Press writer Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.




[Edited on 2/12/2009 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 2/7/2009 at 10:38 PM
Dirty Jobs did an interesting show on vehicle recovery when it involved ice fishing. Wonder if someone could come up with a way to get those snowmobiles and other craft out of the water.

 

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  posted on 2/7/2009 at 10:44 PM
I happens every year in Wisconsin when those idiots get all liquored up and drive their trucks out onto the ice in 60 degree weather.....DUH

I wouldn't risk my life to save anybody that brain dead. The gene pool would be better off with morons like that removed from it....

That and the geniuses that drink and deliberately ride their snowmobiles over open patches of water...."skipping" they call it.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2009 at 09:23 AM
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  posted on 2/9/2009 at 02:30 PM
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The day began with fishermen setting down wooden pallets to create a bridge over a crack in the ice so they could roam farther out on the lake. But the planks fell into the water when the ice shifted, stranding the fishermen about 1,000 yards offshore.
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Four helicopters were sent from Michigan and eight air boats from the Coast Guard, Lanier said. Local authorities also sent air boats out on the ice.

The rescue operation cost thousands of dollars
, Bratton said. None of the fishermen will likely be forced to cover the cost, officials said.

Hello. Maybe all of the guys who built this bridge to nowhere should be held accountable for the costs associated with their rescue (you know - instead of the other taxpayers who didn't make this foolish decision). Maybe if there was some accountability for these folks they would re-think these types of decisions.

 

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  posted on 2/9/2009 at 04:23 PM
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Hello. Maybe all of the guys who built this bridge to nowhere should be held accountable for the costs associated with their rescue (you know - instead of the other taxpayers who didn't make this foolish decision). Maybe if there was some accountability for these folks they would re-think these types of decisions.



Actually, for those serious about ice fishing on a body of water as dynamic as Lake Erie, the fishermen I know always bring enough materials to make a bridge whenever they are out on the ice. Even in the best of conditions, a crack can form, close up, and then open up again at any time. When warmer weather comes, as happened finally this week, that is when the fools risk it and go on out. However, for those that have to leave their Ford 350's or ATVs or snowmobiles out on the ice and the vehicles sink, they are fined big time because of the gas and oil that end up in the water. If you lose your pickup truck or other vehicle to the lake, it cost about $4,000 bucks or so to retreive it. Fortunately, Lake Erie, with the western basin being one of the best walleye and smallmouth fisheries IN THE WORLD, the average depth is about 45 feet, as opposed to sister lake like Lake Superior where the depths reache the thousands. Still, that relative shallowness makes for shifting currents having a direct affect on the surface. The Great Lakes, our inland seas, can be dangerous year round as you can find yourself a long way from shore, which is often nowhere in sight.

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  posted on 2/9/2009 at 05:04 PM
I read where just after they were released from wherever after the rescue... a huge number of them went back either for more fishing or to try to retrieve some of their stuff...
 

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  posted on 2/10/2009 at 07:39 AM
I pulled more than one fisherman out of Lake St Clair, north of the Detroit River, during my time stationed on Belle Isle. They would fall through, not be able to pull themselves out, exhausting themselves and losing precious body heat in the effort, get grabbed by a current as soon as Stage 1 hypothermia set in, and be pulled a good mile or two before getting snagged on something under the ice.

A helo would have to be put up to search for him since a boat doesn't have the same ability to see through the ice from just above the surface. Then they would direct us where to go in the fan boat so we could chop through to retrieve the body. Otherwise, if the helo could not spot him, he would stay under until spring, when not only the ice thawed, but the gases in the body would force it to the surface.

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 06:44 AM
Isn't it easier and safer to just drink on shore?

 

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I happens every year in Wisconsin when those idiots get all liquored up and drive their trucks out onto the ice in 60 degree weather.....DUH

I wouldn't risk my life to save anybody that brain dead. The gene pool would be better off with morons like that removed from it....

That and the geniuses that drink and deliberately ride their snowmobiles over open patches of water...."skipping" they call it.


Rich you always leave out one major detail. 90% of those incidences are FIB tourists.

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 10:36 AM
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Isn't it easier and safer to just drink on shore?


What and miss out on all the fun of sitting on a cooler of beer, freezing your ass off waiting for a tip-up flag to tell you a fish is attempting to steal your minnow.

Good times man, good times.



 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 01:33 PM
How do you catch fish onshore during ice fishing season??

 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 01:37 PM
I got those pics emailed to me .. pulling that SUV and snowmobile out of the water but they were titled...."Fishing in Michigan"
 

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  posted on 2/12/2009 at 01:39 PM
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How do you catch fish onshore during ice fishing season??


Flamethrower and a ton of gumption?

 

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