Coast Guard rescues 2 from ice in Little Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

MANVEL, N.D. – An airboat from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis., cruises towards a home to check the safety of the residents Thursday, April 2, 2009. An airboat crew from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a deputy from the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department accompanied them to assist with safety checks of homes affected by the Red River floods. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson)

File Photo - USCG Station Sturgeon Bay Airboat

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from an ice floe in Little Sturgeon Bay, Wis., today at about 3 a.m.

Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay received a report from local dispatch at about 1:30 a.m. of a man and woman on a piece of ice about a half-mile offshore on the Green Bay side of Little Sturgeon Bay. Station crewmembers used a 22-foot airboat to bring the individuals safely to shore.

The two people were able to call 911 using a cell phone after wind pushed them offshore.

“The ice out there definitely isn’t stable,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey Garlow, coxswain of the 22-foot airboat. “All it takes is for the wind to shift and things can go really wrong out there.”

Both people were reportedly in good condition.

The ice in the region has been reported to be about 12 inches thick.

The Coast Guard wants people to remember that Great Lakes ice is unpredictable and dangerous. Always check the weather and ice conditions before any trip out onto the ice. Ice thickness is not consistent.

The Coast Guard recommends that you carry a whistle or noise-making device to alert people that you are in distress; or carry a cell phone or, better yet, a VHF-FM radio to contact the nearest Coast Guard station in case you, or others you see, are in distress.

Click here to read more ice safety information from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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