Coast Guard rescues 18 people stranded on ice in Lake Erie | USA TODAY

A group of 18 people were stranded on Lake Erie with all-terrain vehicles after an ice crack left them without a way back to land.

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Officials said an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit noticed a group of people on the floe near Catawba Island at about 1 p.m. Sunday with several all-terrain vehicles seeking a route back to land.

The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer and began hoisting operations while an airboat got underway from the nearby Marblehead station, the Coast Guard said.

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