BROWN COUNTY, Wisconsin: At least 34 people were rescued after the ice they were fishing on broke off from the shore of Point Comfort and floated into the massive waters of Green Bay.
In less than two hours, everyone on the ice was rescued with no injuries reported, the police added.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said, “It is believed a barge that had gone through the Bay shortly before the ice breakage may have contributed to the destabilization of the ice.”
The office added that the floating chunk of ice was about a mile from shore by the end of the rescue and had floated about three-quarters of a mile.
“Although the chunk of ice remained fairly stable, its condition was deteriorating rapidly, and cracking up as it moved with the open water pounding at the edge of it,” according to the police statement.
In an interview with CNN affiliate WLUK, Shane Nelson said he and Robert Verhagen were ice fishing when they heard a loud noise.
“It sounded like almost somebody fired a gun out there. We thought it was interesting. We got out of our shanty, looked, and a couple of people were yelling that the ice was separating,” Nelson said.