Teen friends/fishing fanatics rescued – RESCUED and OK: Major night ice rescue underway at mouth of Au Train River in Alger County is successful – “Iceberg” breaks free with two people aboard

URGENT URGENT URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 3-27-18
Officials have identified the two fishermen rescued Tuesday night on a floating iceberg that broke off near the mouth of the Au Train River and floated 400 feet from shore into Shelter Bay on Lake Superior.
Waylon James Rondeau

Waylon James Rondeau

Donald Owen Tucker

Donald “Owen” Tucker

17-year-old Donald “Owen” Tucker of Ishpeming, MI and 18-year-old Waylon James Rondeau of Chatham, MI were rescued using a rapid deployment craft with three specially-trained ice rescue personnel aboard.

You can tell by their Facebook pages that these young men are fishing and hunting fanatics – and kudos to the friends as they kept cool when a would-be crisis arose.
Among those assisting in the rescue were Alger County EMS, Alger County Rescue 21 and the the Au Train Township Volunteer Fire Department.

9:27 p.m.
Both rescued! Both OK – No need for EMS

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 3-27-18 8:25 p.m. ET

Night Ice Rescue: Two people on runaway ice flow in Alger County on Lake Superior

Ice rescue graphic

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Alger County, MI) – Numerous emergency personnel are headed to a report of two people stuck on an “iceberg” type ice flow that is floating toward Lake Superior in Au Train Bay.
The pair are floating on a ledge of ice at the mouth of the Au Train River at Lake Superior.

The rescue began about 8:40 p.m. ET tonight Tuesday March 27, 2018.

The two people are floating out into Au Train Bay on Lake Superior on a large chunk of ice that broke free from near the shore at the mouth of the Au Train River.

It appears at third person with the group is safe onshore – and we think its two men on the ice flow.

One official said the hovercraft may be difficult to use – and suggested they swim to the victims.

“I sounds like they are on iceberg about 50 yards long – that broke free and was ten feet from shore but now” has drifted offshore,” the dispatcher told firefighters and other emergency officials responding to the scene.

This includes specially-trained ice rescue officers in special water suits from Alger County Sheriff’s Department and Alger County EMS paramedics and rescue personnel – and Alger Rescue 21.

Ice rescue 1Ice rescue graphic

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