An ATV has been removed from Lake Erie after the ownerâ??an ice fishermanâ??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.
â??Two in the morning, I donâ??t know if that was too smart, but evidently he thought so,â?? 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 doesnâ??t want to test his luck.
â??Weâ??ve got spikes on our shoes here for traction so we donâ??t fall,â?? he said.
Cleats or no cleats, the Coast Guard is advising people to stay off the ice. They say itâ??s too unpredictable this time of year.