Coast Guard conducts 'mass rescue' of stranded snowmobilers after ice breaks on Lake Erie

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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday afternoon it was conducting a “mass rescue” operation of 20 people on Lake Erie after an ice float broke away while people were on snowmobiles.

In a tweet, the U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes said that the rescue is taking place near Catawba Island, Ohio in Lake Erie, and noted that a Good Samaritan with an airboat was assisting in the rescue operation.

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday afternoon it is conducting a "mass rescue" operation of 20 people on Lake Erie after an ice float broke away while people were snowboarding.

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday afternoon it is conducting a “mass rescue” operation of 20 people on Lake Erie after an ice float broke away while people were snowboarding.
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The U.S. Coast Guard was also using an airboat and helicopter to assist in the rescue efforts, according to the tweet.

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An individual who was near the scene of the incident told Fox News Digital that the rescue operation was not taking place too far out into the lake.

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