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More than 60 anglers rescued following an ice break in Door County

Posted at 11:53 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 10:22:50-05

DOOR COUNTY (NBC 26) — About 66 fishermen were stuck on the bay of Green Bay Thursday morning as several sheets of ice broke, creating a massive gap between them and the shore.

The break happened between Little Harbor and Snake Island. Rescue crews said it started at just about ten feet long early Thursday morning, but by noon it stretched over one mile long.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies were notified of and responded to three separate locations. One location was off of Sherwood Point in the town of Nasewaupee. Another location was in the Sand Bay area in the town of Gardner. The third location was in the Little Harbor area in the town of Sevastopol.

Ice boats from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Coast Guard safely extracted 66 stranded fishermen over an approximate 4 hour period, the Sheriff's Office said. No one was injured.