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Forum News Service, Published April 30 2013

Man rescued in Superior, Wis., after spending night on ice

SUPERIOR, Wis. - A 41-year-old man was rescued after spending the night on a piece of ice on the St. Louis River, according to the Superior Fire Department.

The department said it received a call at 2:57 a.m. Tuesday about a possible ice rescue after a passerby heard someone shouting for help out on the ice northwest of the 28th Street boat landing. First responders made voice contact with the man and determined his general location.

Superior police, Gold Cross Ambulance and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad assisted in the rescue of the man who was surrounded by open water, approximately 300 yards from shore, since 9 p.m. Monday. The man, who was showing signs of hypothermia, apparently had been in the water at least once. He was transported by Gold Cross to St. Luke’s hospital, where he was treated and released.

No information has been given as to why the man was on the river.

The fire department said the airboat provided and operated by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad was crucial in reducing the time it took for the rescue effort. The scene was cleared by 4:25 a.m.