Rescuers Pull 220 People From Ice Floes

RIGA, Latvia (March 29, 2013)--Latvia's rescue service pulled more than 220 people from ice floes Friday in two separate places in the Gulf of Riga.

State Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman Viktorija Sembele says boats, ships and helicopters were mobilized in the rescue operation after large sections of ice broke away from the shore and floated into the gulf because of warm southerly winds, stranding the 220.

Sembele said Friday that 180 people were rescued in the town of Vakarbulli near the capital Riga and a further 41 people were rescued in the resort town of Jurmala.

Rescue operations involving people stranded on ice floes occur regularly in the Baltic states, particularly with ice fishermen who often stray far from the shore.


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