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Anglers trapped by ice floe on Lake Erie

Four fishermen were trapped in their boats for two hours last week when an ice floe surrounded them on Lake Erie.

The men were operating three flat-bottom boats near the mouth of the River Raisin in Monroe, Mich., about noon when the wind pushed huge chunks of ice toward them.

“The wind was so quick, they didn’t have time to react to it,” Sgt. Scott Smiley of the Monroe Fire Department told the Monroe News.

The ice was pushed on top of one of the boats, sinking it, and the men aboard had to hop onto one of the other two boats, Smiley said. One of the boats had three people aboard and was able to escape from the ice. The other boat remained stranded.