122 fishermen had to be rescued from a Minnesota lake after becoming stranded on an ice floe following “unseasonably warm weather”.

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Local emergency crews responded to a call to the Beltrami County Emergency Communications Center at 4:57 p.m., undertaking a coordinated effort to safely evacuate those stranded on the ice.

An integrated wireless emergency alert and warning system guided ice fishermen to the designated evacuation zone.

Rescuers using boats and hovercraft arrived at the group at 6:40 p.m. No injuries were reported, including among the four individuals who fell from the boat into the water.

Dramatic footage showed rescuers battling a blizzard as night fell to save fishermen stranded on the lake near the Canadian border.

Sheriff Jason Riggs praised the efficiency and speed of local emergency services. Due to their positive response, additional resources requested by the state for assistance were canceled.

According to the DNR, there were at least three rescues of ice fishermen at Upper Red Lake between Dec. 17 — when 35 people needed to be rescued — and Friday’s major operation.

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