Eighteen persons have been rescued after they got stranded on an ice floe detached from the Ohio shoreline, into Lake Erie, said the Coast Guard.

“Final number rescued from ice floe near #CatawbaIsland in #LakeErie today was 18; none needed medical attention. Photo below taken by Coast Guard helicopter crew”, USCG Tweeted.

The stranded people included ATV riders and snowmobilers who “were cruising around on the frozen lake in Ohio”, reported the Coast Guard.

On Sunday afternoon, at around 1:00, Coast Guard and Good Samaritan rescued 11 via two airboats while the rest of the seven were saved by helicopters, USCG Great Lakes said in a statement.

The rescue team responded when MH-65 Dolphin helicopter spotted an ice floe, loaded with people near Catawba Island, reported the Coast Guard.

As per Sunday’s report, the stranded group had been seen assisted by ‘‘several ATVs’ with them and seemed to be ‘looking for a route back to land’ when they were found”.

Later, when all the eighteen people were brought safely to the land “emergency medical services were standing by,” in case anybody was hurt, the Coast Guard reported.

In a bulletin posted on Sunday, Cleveland’s National Weather Service raised concerns on Sunday’s incident, pointing at “increased wind speeds and gusts up to 25 mph” near the lake area.

“Winds will increase from the southwest with gusts to 25 MPH possible Sunday.  You are urged to stay off the ice on Lake Erie as there is the possibility that the ice will drift away from shore. Dangerous ice conditions could develop causing people to become trapped on the ice”, NWS Cleveland Tweeted.

On Sunday, The Homeland Security department issued a warning to those who tried to chase similar, “’ recreational opportunities’ to ultimately ‘take precautions, not chances’”. “There’s no such thing as safe ice, but people can mitigate their risks”, Lieutenant Jeremiah Schiessel of the Coast Guard Sector Detroit said in his warning statement. “Always be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Great Lakes ice is unpredictable, and conditions can change fast.”