The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is reporting about 48-50 people were fishing with portable ice houses on the east side of Upper Red Lake, when the ice broke free and floated away from shore.
The wind and the poor conditions of the ice caused existing cracks to widen and and chunks of ice broke free.
Responding to the scene were Kelliher Fire with their rescue equipment, Blackduck Ambulance, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies, Minnesota DNR officers and the Bemidji Fire Department, along with resort owners
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office advises at this time no one should be on the ice due to the dangerous winds and fissures throughout the area.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office released a satellite picture of Upper and Lower Red Lake, showing the current ice conditions.
Chris Freudenberg of Rogers Resort & Campground in Kelliher tells Valley News Live some of the people that had to be rescued were staying at the resort.
According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, as of 12:33 p.m. there are no stranded people left on the lake.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that everyone is off of the ice and safe after a rescue Monday morning on Red Lake.
Lt. Phil Seefeldt with the DNR says his department, along with fire crews, rescued dozens of people stuck on a sheet of ice that broke away from the shore.
An airboat was being sent to the lake to assist in the rescue. No word on exactly how many people were being rescued.
Lt. Znajda with the DNR said, luckily, the wind shifted and the sheet of ice began drifting back toward the shore.
“It’s my understanding that most are getting off the ice now,” Lt. Znajda told Valley News Live a little after 11:00 a.m. Monday.