POINT COMFORT – Twenty-seven people were rescued from a floating chunk of ice that broke off the shore of Point Comfort in the bay of Green Bay Saturday morning.
No one was injured in the incident, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
According to a news release, reports of the broken ice were received around 10:17 a.m.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office, New Franken Fire Department, Green Bay Metro Fire Department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard worked together on the ice rescue. Everyone was brought to safety by around noon.
The Sheriff's Office said the chunk of ice floated about three-quarters of a mile during the rescue, and was approximately a mile from the shoreline by the time everyone was brought to safety. While the ice remained in "fairly stable condition," it was "deteriorating rapidly" and cracking as water pounded against the edges, according to the news release.
"The Brown County Sheriff’s Office airboat and the U.S. Coast Guard’s airboat out of Sturgeon Bay were great assets during this rescue," it said. "Their ability to carry up to eight additional passengers aside from rescue personnel and ability to traverse ice and water terrain greatly cut down on the amount of time and risk this rescue took."
It is believed that a barge travelling through the bay may have caused the ice chunk to break off the shoreline, the news release said
In the news release, the Brown County Sheriff's Department reminded people to always remain aware of any deterioration, cracking or melting and to always keep a cellphone with them when standing or traveling on ice.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Green Bay ice rescue: 27 people brought to shore off Point Comfort