Man Rescued By U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard rescues a man stranded on an ice floe in western Lake Erie, March 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

A man has been rescued after becoming stranded on an ice floe adrift in western Lake Erie.

The U.S. Coast Guard says on Saturday around 2:30am, the Coast Guard Sector Detroit overheard radio communications and confirmed with the Frenchtown, Michigan fire department that a man riding an ATV had become stranded on the ice.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Detroit and an ice rescue team from Toledo were dispatched to the area where they found the man on an ice floe, completely surrounded by open water.

The Coast Guard was able to make contact with the man on his cell phone before the air crew hoisted him aboard the helicopter. The man was transported to Custer Airport in Monroe, Michigan, where he was met by awaiting EMS personnel. His name is not being released.