8 Feb 2009

Fisherman rescued from Lake Erie

2:58 pm on 8 February 2009

About 150 fishermen were rescued from a big ice floe in Lake Erie on Saturday after it broke off from the shore.

A Coast Guard spokesman said one person fell through the ice and died on the way to a hospital.

Another man who fell through the ice was not injured.

Boats and helicopters were used by the Coast Guard in a four hour operation.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said the ice broke shortly after 10:30 am EST.

The Coast Guard says the slab of ice was about 13km wide.

The BBC reports ice on Lake Erie has been described as particularly thick this winter.