CLEVELAND - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued a snowmobiler who floated into Lake Erie from Canada after he fell into the water and climbed onto a loose piece of ice about the size of a football field.
Jim Turton of Colchester, Ontario, was rescued at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday -- his 45th birthday -- by crew members of an ice-breaking tug temporarily assigned to the Great Lakes from New London, Conn.
Officials say Turton was one of four snowmobilers who fell through ice near Colchester around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday. The others climbed onto ice connected to shore.
Following the rescue, he was transferred to a Canadian coast guard ship.
The officer who helped Turton climb onto the cutter had recently attended an ice rescue training school in Essexville, Mich.