Over 200 people rescued off of ice chunk in Minnesota

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An estimated 200 individuals were evacuated from the ice in Minnesota at 2:37 p.m. on Monday, according to police. Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office

Over 200 people rescued off of ice chunk in Minnesota

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A couple of hundred people were rescued off of a giant chunk of ice in Minnesota thanks to rescuers who kept their cool and came to their aid.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the people in need of rescue at 11:34 a.m. on Monday when it received a 911 call from fishers at the Upper Red Lake who were stuck on a chunk of ice that had broken free from the main shore. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities were able to find an area where they could deploy a temporary bridge to evacuate the stranded fishermen, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

“At 2:37 p.m. it was determined that everyone requiring evacuation from the ice had been reached and emergency responders cleared the scene,” a statement from the sheriff’s office read. “In total, an estimated 200 individuals were evacuated from the ice.”

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Aside from the temporary bridge, authorities also used airboats, water rescue boats, ATVs, and drones to help bring the fishermen back to safety. Up to 30 yards of open water was stranding the fishermen as they stood on the ice chunk awaiting rescue, according to the office.

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The sheriff’s office warned residents of heading out on the ice at this time of year, describing it as “very unpredictable.” Anyone who is heading out on the ice should take “extreme caution” and check the thickness of the ice frequently when heading out.

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