CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Three children and seven adults were rescued this afternoon after being trapped on an ice floe near Edgewater Park.
Cleveland emergency personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard were called to the area about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, after the people walked out onto the ice which broke away from the shore, according to a Cleveland EMS captain.
There were reports that the U.S. Coast Guard that had a plane in the air from Detroit, was looking for another group of about five additional people who were reportedly also on the ice, but it appears that that group was part of the three children and seven adults that were rescued from the ice floe.
Richard Radice of Cleveland was at the park and witnessed what happened, “I saw the people on the ice floating away and the rescuers got here and went out there. Eventually they got to them and brought them back to shore. That was really foolish. They are very, very, very lucky. That ice could have went thinner and they could have fallen in. You fall in this water hypothermia hits real quick and you’re gone.”
Cleveland emergency personnel once again are urging the public to stay off the ice because it is unsafe.
“You can do us a big favor by telling the public: “Do not walk on the ice,” said the captain. “The lake is not frozen.”
Captain Brendon McNamara was off-duty, but was on the scene and is in charge of Cleveland Fire’s water rescue squad. “Don’t walk out on the ice, especially on a warming day this time of year. You’ve got to really know what you’re doing. If you’re just looking out at the ice - and thinking it would be a cool place to take a selfie, you shouldn’t go out there.”
The 10 people rescued were offered medical observation at the scene, but it appears none were treated or taken to the hospital.
Cleveland Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Anthony Missig said that while first responders where completing this rescue mission, Edgewater Park police officers were responding to another group on the ice near East 72nd. Police were able to get them to return to shore.