Latvian rescuers save 220 people stranded on ice

Boats and helicopters bring hundreds to safety in Gulf of Riga

Over 220 people have been rescued from ice floes in the Gulf of Riga off Latvia. Photograph: Getty Images

Over 220 people have been rescued from ice floes in the Gulf of Riga off Latvia. Photograph: Getty Images

Fri, Mar 29, 2013, 16:54

Latvia's emergency services rescued more than 220 people who were stranded on ice floes in the Gulf of Riga today.

About 180 people, mostly fishermen, were rescued from a floe off the town of Vakarbulli, while another 43 people were taken off the ice near the seaside resort of Jurmala.

The State Fire and Rescue Service used boats, ships and helicopters in an operation that took more than three hours, said Viktorija Sembele, a spokeswoman for the service.

The ice had drifted in strong winds about 4km from the shore by the end of the operation, she said.

Only one person needed medical attention, Latvian Public Radio said.

Reuters

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