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2 Ice Fishermen Rescued After Trapped By Open Water In Michigan's Thumb Region

CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two ice fishermen in Michigan's Thumb region have been rescued by airboat after becoming trapped by open water, authorities said.

Jeffrey A. Stone Jr., 21, and Travis J Bender, 32, both of Harbor Beach, called for help Saturday afternoon, Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said.

An airboat, crewed by a deputy and two firemen rescued the two men.

The two men had stepped over cracks in the ice on the way out to their shanty on Saginaw Bay, not realizing there was a possibility for the ice to split apart as much as it did, Hanson said.

Once back on shore, the two were checked out by medics and released.

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