A morning of ice fishing turned into a scary predicament for as many as 50 people when poor weather caused precariously thin ice to crack and break free.
Various 911 calls were received by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 10 a.m., as anglers fishing from portable ice huts realized that existing cracks in the ice had begun to widen and break free.
The incident occurred on the east side of Upper Red Lake, which lies approximately 60 miles to the north of Bemidji. Various agencies launched a rescue operation and all stranded anglers were safely back on shore by 12:30 p.m.
The majority of Upper Red Lake still consists of open water, leading authorities to ask the public to stay off for the present time.