On Monday, November 28, some 200 people who had become stranded on an ice block were saved thanks to a quick-thinking rescue operation by local organizations in Minnesota. 911 calls were made to the neighborhood sheriff’s office at Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County, Minnesota, around 11:34 a.m. local time on Monday.
Callers said that a sizable chunk of ice broke off from the main coastline while the folks were out fishing, leaving about 200 people floating on the ice. For the nearly 200 people who were stranded on an ice block in Beltrami County, Minnesota, on Monday, first responders set up a temporary bridge to safety. Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office provided the image.
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After responding to the calls, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders found the massive ice chunk that had broken away, up to 30 yards of open water separating the people from shore. As water rescue organizations and vehicles arrived on the scene, they assessed the open water using a drone and optical operations before locating a small gap in the divide. First responders helped people safely escape the ice by setting up a temporary bridge on the southeast part of the lake.
The rescue, which took place at 2:37 p.m. local time, featured airboats, water rescue boats, and ATVs. After the rescue, the Beltrami office warned locals and prospective lake anglers that the ice at this time of year is “extremely unpredictable.” On Monday, some 200 people who were stranded on an ice block in Beltrami County, Minnesota, were rescued using ATVs and a variety of other tools. Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office provided the image.
The sheriff’s office advised using extreme caution while heading onto the ice and checking the thickness often to ensure there was plenty of it. Early-season ice is unstable, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson, who noted that between November and the first few days of December, pieces of it can easily break off.
According to Erickson, “under specific circumstances, offshore winds can sometimes force ice sheets to break away from the shoreline.” “This can happen even when temperatures are below freezing and the ice is thick,” the article states. “Other factors including wind speed, ice age and thickness, and whether there are any fissures in the ice.”
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