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."

For more information:

Red Cross - Winter safety tips


More Local News

Suspect apprehended

Police have apprehended a man, following a hold and secure at Kenora schools this afternoon. At around 2:10 p.m. members of the Kenora OPP detachment responded to an incident in the north side of the…

Hold and secure in Kenora

A hold and secure was been put in place for students in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, as well as the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Senior staff from both school boards are…

CIBC branch manager provides update for customers

CIBC Branch manager Jackie Hailstone said Sunday's fire on Main St didn't impact the inside of the building too badly. "The inside is actually not too bad. We have more concerns around the outside of…

Main street clean up joint effort

No word yet on when Main St in Kenora will reopen to vehicular traffic. The clean up of the street is a joint effort between the Kenora Fire & Emergency Services Department, Kenora OPP and City of…

Kenora mayor proud of how the community stepped up

Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard said it's always difficult when tragic events happen in the community, such as Sunday's fatal fire in downtown Kenora. "Such a tragedy anytime we see, or feel, a loss of life…

Kiiwetinoong member lobbies for at-risk youth

Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa is lobbying for more help in the Far North, when it comes to children in care. At Queen's Park, he again questioned the government's cancellation of the child…

Tragedy and Heroes

Kenora fire chief Todd Skene is still working with investigators and business owners, after yesterday's fire on Main Street. "On behalf of the city, our thoughts are with the person, who passed away,…

Smell is 'pretty bad,' says Bargain Shop manager

Ceiling tiles look in tough shape at the Bargain Shop.Tina Desaulnier manages the Bargain Shop on Main Street, and she describes conditions she found, when she opened up this morning, "The smell…

Tenant, relative still recovering

A sacred fire is burning today in front of the Fellowship Centre. Charles Rochelieu was among those paying their respects, after he escaped from yesterday's fire. "I was in Lila's Block sleeping. The…

Main Street Kenora open to pedestrian traffic

Main St in Kenora is once again open to pedestrian traffic. The street had been closed since yesterday at noon, when emergency crews received the call about a fire, which resulted in the demolition… is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.