5 ice fishermen rescued from Lake Erie ice floe

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Five ice fishermen were rescued Friday night from an ice floe in Lake Erie‘s Brest Bay near Sterling State Park in Monroe, according the the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard and Monroe County Sheriff were notified of people flashing lights on an ice floe at about 8 p.m. A Coast Guard helicopter team found two groups of fishermen and hoisted them to safety.

The fishermen were taken to Custer Airport in Monroe. 

The Coast Guard issued a reminder of the importance of ice fishers having reliable communication and signaling gear. Ice fishers should also make sure to tell someone where they‘re going and when they‘ll be back.

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