2 fishermen find way off Upper Red Lake

Published 4:47 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KELLIHER, Minn. — For the second time in less than a week, rescuers have scrambled to help fishermen stranded on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota.

The latest incident happened Tuesday. Emergency personnel got a call at 1 p.m. that two fishermen were stranded on the ice.

The Pioneer (http://bit.ly/vOzlxz) says the men reportedly were standing 100 feet from shore, with open water between them and the shore. The fishermen then took off on an all-terrain vehicle and were able to find their way off the rice around 2 p.m.

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Dispatchers say neither fisherman was carrying a cellphone.

Last Friday, two men were on Upper Red Lake about 100 yards from shore when the ice they were on broke away and began drifting. Firefighters determined the ice was safe to walk on.