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.
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
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.