Local residents said they were surprised, but not shocked, at the extent of Saturday's events on the icy waters of Lake Erie.
John Empcke, Fremont, said he and his wife ice fish near Camp Perry frequently. The couple set out at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
"Because this area is pretty locked up, the ice holds up for quite awhile," he said. "We knew we had to get out of there before the wind got stronger."
Hours after Empcke and his wife departed the area, an 8-mile-wide slab of ice drifted 1,000 yards offshore, leaving 134 fishermen stranded. One man died from an apparent heart attack after being rescued from the water.