At about 10:15 a.m., Brown County received a report that a large chunk of ice had broken off from shore off Point Comfort and that several people were stranded, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.
The statement stated that in less than two hours, all the people stranded on the floating ice were rescued without injuries.
“It is believed that a barge that passed through the bay shortly before the ice broke may have contributed to the destabilization of the ice,” the mayor’s office said.
The mayor’s office said the ice floe was about a mile offshore at the end of the rescue and had floated about three-quarters of a mile during the rescue.
“Although the piece of ice remained fairly stable, its condition was rapidly deteriorating (and) cracking as it moved with open water flowing over its edge,” the bureau added.
“It looked like someone had fired a gun in there,” Nelson said. “We thought it was fun. We got out of our huts and looked and…Two people were screaming that the ice was breaking.”