Fishermen Return to Thin Ice

Warnings averted a major tragedy
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2009 2:18 AM CST
Firefighters and members of the US Coast Guard work together to move a boat to rescue stranded anglers on Lake Erie.   (AP Photo/Port Clinton News Herald, Jonathon Bird)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of ice fisherman were already back on frozen sections of Lake Erie yesterday less than 24 hours after the rescue of 125 fishermen stranded on a drifting ice floe. Some headed to risky areas where currents can create dangerously thin ice, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Experts warned that the ice-floe stranding could have evolved into a major tragedy. A lone fisherman died after falling into the frigid water.

"If the National Weather Service had not broadcast warnings, there could have been 1500 fishermen on the ice," said a veteran ice fishing guide. "They were right on top of the situation."
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