14 rescued from ice on Bay of Green Bay

Published: Dec. 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM CST
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Fourteen people were rescued from the ice on the Bay of Green Bay Tuesday morning.

Rescue crews responded to Volk's Landing off Edgewater Beach Road in the Town of Scott.

Brown County's air boat was deployed to rescue the fishermen from the ice. No one was hurt.

Bayside Ice recovery is assisting the fisherman in retrieving their fishing gear from the ice.

An Action 2 News photojournalist sent back a photo showing where the ice moved away from shore.

The Sheriff's office says it was originally reported that the ice was shifting out from shore and had a 50 foot crack opening that quickly became a half mile wide.

Fisherman Steve Noll explains: "Well I was scared because every year you hear about guys going floating up the channel and I've never had that experience before and I didn't know exactly how that played out,"

We've had a stretch of mild days with temperatures at or near 40. The fishermen told Action 2 News that the shifting wind took them by surprise.

"You always watch the wind out here, south wind, east wind, you don't go out, and I didn't do it today because I was in a hurry," Noll said. "So for anybody who hasn't been caught in that situation, watch the wind."

The fishermen will not face any fines or tickets, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office. The county does not have an ordinance in place when it comes to ice rescues.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay reminds anglers that the ice is never 100 percent safe to be on. One should keep in mind that the ice should be at least 4 inches thick before stepping foot on it. If you want to take a vehicle out, the ice should be up to 15 inches thick.

Take StormCenter 2 On the Go during your fishing trip by downloading the free app for your smartphone.

The above normal temperatures will lead to changing and/or unsafe ice conditions on area lakes and rivers this week....

Posted by US National Weather Service Green Bay Wisconsin on Tuesday, December 18, 2018