Eight ice fishermen rescued in Green BayWisconsin News
-- Brown County authorities said eight fishermen were rescued yesterday, after they got stranded on ice-floes that broke in the Bay of Green Bay.
GREEN BAY - Brown County authorities said eight fishermen were rescued yesterday, after they got stranded on ice-floes that broke in the Bay of Green Bay.
The Coast Guard reported a higher number of 10 being rescued. It happened northeast of the city of Green Bay near New Franken, off Bay Shore Park. One fisherman ended up on a chunk that drifted three-fourths-of-a-mile from the shore – and the others were on a larger ice-floe that drifted a mile away. The Coast Guard rescued two of the fishermen with an air-boat – and Brown County sheriff’s deputies used a similar boat to rescue the others. Two other fishermen had jumped over a crack, and they were fishing when authorities arrived.
Officials say the incident should put people on notice that it’s too warm to venture onto the ice – especially with highs expected in the 40’s later this week. Authorities said they did not expect to bill the fishermen for yesterday’s rescue. Last year in De Pere, eight fishermen got billed $500 each for having to be rescued on a piece of floating ice in the Fox River.