Chelsea Area Fire Authority firefighters were called to Four Mile Lake in Lima Township Monday night where they rescued two ice fisherman who were stranded on the ice about a quarter mile from shore.
One of the men was transported to St. Joesph’s Hospital with mild hypothermia.
Fire Capt. Chris Smyth said the men had cut a hole in the ice and it cracked, adding, “They were soaking wet and standing in ankle deep water. I don’t know how long they were out there.”
Smyth drove the department’s hovercraft onto the ice accompanied by firefighter AJ Ellein, and drove over patches of open water to reach them.
“People need to pay attention to ice conditions and the weather,” Smyth said of the department’s first ice rescue of 2013.
He said although there wasn’t any ice last year due to the mild weather, typically, the department is called out two or three times each winter for ice rescues.