The OPP helped deputies from the Cook County Sheriff's office, after ice anglers got stranded in northern Minnesota earlier today.
Officers with the OPP ended up getting the 9-1-1 call, after the cell signal bounced off a Canadian tower. The police officers were then able to help coordinate the rescue efforts with the sheriff's office.
Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliason says the whiteout conditions and extreme cold did cause some issues.
"We had a couple of deputies go out and find them. They got stuck in the slush," Eliason recalled.
"Then we paged out search and rescue through the great efforts of everybody involved. They were terrible conditions. We were able to get all four off the ice safely, with only one of them being transported to the hospital," the sheriff continued.
One of the anglers was treated for advanced hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration. The overnight wind chill was around minus 40.
"I commend all of them," the sheriff continued. "The search and rescue folks, the forest service... We had a private snow plow contractor respond. Folks with the ambulance, dispatchers... They did an outstanding job, and we were able to have a positive outcome."
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