Upper Red Lake, Minnesota — A group of 75 to 100 people was stranded on a chunk of ice off the main ice on Upper Red Lake, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office said. As of 6 p.m. Friday, there were no reports of anyone entering the water. Rescue operations are underway.
Major updates: At approximately 4:57 p.m., Beltrami County Emergency Services received a call that more than 100 fishermen were stranded on an ice floe on Upper Red Lake. Initial reports indicated that the ice had separated, creating a 30-foot gap from the ice floe to the main shoreline.
Bystanders attempted to rescue him in a canoe before emergency help arrived. Four people fell into open water, were brought back to the ice floes and warmed up in fishing shelters.
When first responders arrived, they identified the best location to evacuate those stranded on the ice floe. At 6:40 p.m., the first four people involved in the canoe incident were able to be rescued. At 7:37 p.m., it was determined that all fishermen requiring evacuation had been evacuated to the main coast. 122 people were evacuated from the ice floe, but no injuries were reported.
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