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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rescuers Pluck 21 From Ice Floe

Twenty-one fishermen, including a woman and a child, have been rescued from an ice floe that broke off the island of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East, a news report said Monday.


One fisherman, noticing that the floe was drifting toward the open sea, tried to swim to the shore, but was quickly rescued, Itar-Tass reported. He was hospitalized with frostbite, the report said.


On Sunday, three fishermen died when they fell into the sea as ice floes broke up in storms in Russia's Far East, Interfax reported.


Rescue teams managed to save 13 others Saturday from Amur Bay in the Vladivostok region, where they had been fishing through holes cut in the ice, it said.


Despite frequent warnings about the dangers of ice fishing, it remains popular and authorities must regularly attempt to rescue fishermen who get stranded on ice floes.