MOSCOW — Helicopters and icebreakers rescued about 1,100 people from two huge ice floes that cracked off the shoreline under hurricane-force winds and floated out into the Gulf of Riga, a Latvian rescue official said today.
None of those on the floes Sunday, mostly fishermen and their families, were killed or injured, the sea rescue official in Jurmala, Latvia, said.
The official said about 1,100 people had gone onto the ice for weekend ice fishing, a favorite local pastime. The ice extended from the shore into the gulf, which empties into the Baltic Sea.
About 11 a.m., the ice began breaking off as the calm winter day turned blustery and winds began blowing at hurricane force.