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Coast Guard conducts ice rescue after 10 people become stranded on Lake Erie near Edgewater

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 18:15:08-05

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard was called to Lake Erie to rescue multiple people who became stranded on the ice near Edgewater Park.

Around 2:30 p.m., an ice rescue team from Station Cleveland Harbor, as well as other local agencies, responded to the area of Edgewater Park after receiving a report that 10 people were stranded on two separate ice floes.

The Coast Guard’s Air Station Detroit also deployed a helicopter to the scene to provide air support in the ice rescue.

Six people were rescued by the Coast Guard while four others were escorted off the ice by the Cleveland Fire Department, authorities said.

Of the 10 people rescued from the ice, seven were adults and three were children.

EMS said all of the individuals denied care and did not require transport to a medical facility. No injuries were reported during the incident.

On Saturday evening, the National Weather Service issued an advisory to stay off the ice on Lake Erie due to dangerous ice conditions that were developing.

Large openings developed in the center of Lake Erie, and with increased wind, the potential for ice drift from the shore could increase through Monday, according to the NWS. Areas of ice could break off from the shore, and those on the ice could become stranded.