Lithuania rescues 200 fisherman on ice floe

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Posted: Mar 02, 2012 2:25 PM
Lithuania rescues 200 fisherman on ice floe

Emergency crews in Lithuania rescued around 200 fishermen stranded on an ice floe in a lagoon shared by the Baltic state and Russia.

Two border patrol boats and a military helicopter were used in the operation Friday, and rescue coordinator Antanas Brencius said no one was injured.

Brencius says a crack in the ice in the Curonian Lagoon was widened by the northern winds, to the extent that the fishermen could not cross it and return to shore.

The freshwater lagoon is a popular fishing and holiday resort on the Baltic Sea.