Fishermen rescued after ice separates near Brighton Beach

By KBJR News 1

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- There was a scary situation Monday morning off Lake Superior's Brighton Beach in Duluth as a group of anglers was stranded when the ice they were fishing on floated free.

Emergency crews responded to one water emergency around 11:15 this morning and ended up rescuing two groups.

In the first situation two men were ice fishing off Brighton Beach when windy conditions separated the ice beneath them from the main body of ice.

When emergency responders got there, they were able to safely get the men to shore.

With help the men were able to walk off the ice on their own, but rescue crews had boards and flotation devices in the event that the ice separation increased.

At the same time crews also had to help another group of anglers from another part of the ice further down from Brighton Beach for the same reason.

Officials say none of the anglers was in distress and there was no immediate danger but had they been out there any longer, emergency responders say it could have been a lot worse.

Officials warn that with strong winds people should stay off the ice.

"Fishing season on Lake Superior is over. I'd say go to some inland lakes, and stay off the big water for sure," said Captain Steve Sauve, with the Duluth Fire Department

Wind gusts were up to 38 miles an hour near the lake this afternoon.

The anglers declined to go on camera, but one man did tell me he told his fishing buddy that he did not want to go out this morning because of the weather, but went anyway.

The other told us he feels foolish and embarrassed, but regardless they are both lucky to be alive tonight.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati