An ATV has been removed from Lake Erie after the owner??an ice fisherman??was stranded in the open water and rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Toledo received a call at about 2 a.m. about the ATV floating in the water. They spotted the fisherman, who was carrying a red light, and informed Coast Guard officials from Detroit of his location. A helicopter from Detroit eventually rescued the man, but he left his ATV behind. He brought it back to land today using an airboat.
He was found near Sterling State Park, where the ice fisherman are sticking the lagoons today.
??Two in the morning, I don??t know if that was too smart, but evidently he thought so,?? fisherman Tim Braunlich said.
Braunlich spent Monday ice fishing for the last time this year. He knows the ice is losing its texture, and he doesn??t want to test his luck.
??We??ve got spikes on our shoes here for traction so we don??t fall,?? he said.
Cleats or no cleats, the Coast Guard is advising people to stay off the ice. They say it??s too unpredictable this time of year.