The Coast Guard rescued two men on Saginaw Bay after a chunk of ice broke free where they were fishing.
It happened Monday afternoon about four miles from Hampton Charter Twp..
At 2:40pm, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River in Essexville, was relayed a 911 call from Tuscola County reporting that two men were stranded on an ice floe in Saginaw Bay.
An ice rescue team launched aboard a Special Purpose Craft-Air after receiving the call for help.
A search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit also directed the launch of a rescue aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit to assist in the rescue.
The ice rescue boatcrew arrived on scene at 3:19pm and picked up the two men and returned them to shore where they were checked out by awaiting emergency medical technicians and released.
"Because of the extensive ice rescue training that we do with fellow responders, the communication amongst the responders went very smoothly and the response went as well as it could," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian McInnis, officer-of-the-day at Station Saginaw River. "The two men were well prepared to help themselves but didn't want to risk getting back to shore and called for help with a cellphone, which was absolutely the correct decision."
When venturing out on the ice, the Coast Guard encourages people to always remember the acronym I.C.E.:Intelligence: Know the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going, and know how to call for help. Never go out alone.
Clothing: Have the proper clothing to prevent hypothermia. Wear a waterproof exposure suit and a life jacket.
Equipment: Have the proper equipment. Carry a cellular phone or marine band radio in a waterproof container so that you can call for help.
For five important facts about ice click here.