Pilot assists with fishermen rescue in Lake Erie

Posted at 1:26 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 13:26:40-05

The U.S. Coast Guard is calling a pilot a good Samaritan after assisting in the rescue of two fishermen stranded on an ice floe in Lake Erie on Friday. 

The pilot was flying a plane over Lake Erie and spotted the two fishermen stuck near Catawba Island at around 2 p.m before calling the Coast Guard, officials said. 

The Coast Guard launched a rescue crew in a 20-foot airboat, and the crew arrived on the lake and rescued the two men.

The fishermen told officials they were unaware the ice had shifted, causing them to drift away from land. 

The crew took the fishermen, who were found in good condition, back to Catawba Island State Park. 

The names of the fishermen and pilot have not been released.

Officials said ice in most areas of the eastern Great Lakes is newly-formed and could be dangerous to venture out to.