125 Anglers Saved, 1 Dead on Ice Floe

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2009 2:36 PM CST

(Newser) – Rescue teams saved about 125 fishermen stuck on an ice floe in Lake Erie today, but one died after falling in the water, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Authorities had warned northern Ohio fishermen that high winds with unseasonably warm air could melt ice and send it adrift. Fishermen reached the ice by setting up a makeshift wooden bridge that collapsed as the floe broke away.

"I have no problem with people ice fishing but these idiots should realize that when you see open water, you should not build a bridge and cross it," said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. "It's a shame you can't arrest people for stupidity."