Coast Guard rescues man walking across frozen lake - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Coast Guard rescues man walking across frozen lake

The coast guard rescue walker from frozen lake. (Source: Coast Guard) The coast guard rescue walker from frozen lake. (Source: Coast Guard)
The coast guard rescued a 25-year-old American citizen from frozen Lake St. Clair Thursday. The man was attempting to walk across the frozen lake from Detroit to Toronto.  [Click to view the video]

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday the lookout for Coast Guard Neah Bay spotted a man walking in the middle of the lake. 

He was not dressed appropriately for the conditions to be out on the lake. He was not wearing any flotation gear and had no form of communication. 

The team aboard the Neah Bay rescued the man about one and a half miles from Seaway Island. The rescue team transported the man Algonac, Michigan for treatment for hypothermia. 

The rescue conducted by the crew of the Neah Bay is the first rescue of a person conducted by an ice-rescue team deployed from a Great Lakes cutter in more than 4 years.

The coast guard says when you're out on the lake you should remember the acronym, I.C.E. 

Information - Know the weather and ice conditions, know and tell a trusted person on shore where you are going, and know how to call for help. Never go out alone.

Clothing - Wear the proper clothing to prevent hypothermia. Wear a waterproof exposure suit and a life jacket.

Equipment - Carry the proper equipment. Carry two ice picks or screwdrivers, which will help you pull yourself out of the ice if you fall through. They are much more effective than bare hands. Carry a whistle or noise maker to alert people that you are in distress. Carry a cellular phone or marine band radio in a waterproof container so that you can call for help if you come across trouble.

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