For 2nd Time in 5 Days, Anglers Rescued From Upper Red LakeKELLIHER, Minn. (AP) — For the second time in less than a week, rescuers have scrambled to help fishermen stranded on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota.
By: Associated Press,
KELLIHER, Minn. (AP) — For the second time in less than a week, rescuers have scrambled to help fishermen stranded on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota.
The latest incident happened Tuesday. Emergency personnel got a call at 1 p.m. that three fishermen were stranded on the ice.
The Pioneer (http://bit.ly/vOzlxz) says the men reportedly were standing 100 feet from shore, with open water between them and the shore. The fishermen then took off on an all-terrain vehicle and were able to find their way off the ice around 2 p.m.
Dispatchers say the fisherman were not carrying a cellphone.
Last Friday, two men were on Upper Red Lake about 100 yards from shore when the ice they were on broke away and began drifting. Firefighters determined the ice was safe to walk on.
The guidelines recommend staying off of ice that is 2 inches or less thick. In addition, the DNR issued these safety guidelines for ice travel:
- 4 inches: ice fishing or other activities on foot
- 5 inches: snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle
- 8-12 inches: car or small pickup
- 12-15 inches: medium truck