UPDATE: No evidence four-wheeler went through ice, Coast Guard says

Authorities were unable to find any evidence of an all-terrain vehicle after receiving a report one had gone through the ice. A helicopter and ice rescue team searched the area looking for evidence of any tracks or vehicle, said Petty Officer Michael Power from the Marblehead post of the U.S. Coast Guard. They were unable to find any tracks in the snow-covered ice. "We treat every case, no matter what it is, as distress until proven otherwise," Power said. "If we receive a call about the possibililty someone dropped the ice, we will exhaust all measures to determine whether or not it happened."
Andy Ouriel
Dec 19, 2010

 

Authorities were unable to find any evidence of an all-terrain vehicle after receiving a report one had gone through the ice.

A helicopter and ice rescue team searched the area looking for evidence of any tracks or vehicle, said Petty Officer Michael Power from the Marblehead post of the U.S. Coast Guard. They were unable to find any tracks in the snow-covered ice.

"We treat every case, no matter what it is, as distress until proven otherwise," Power said. "If we receive a call about the possibililty someone dropped the ice, we will exhaust all measures to determine whether or not it happened."

Sandusky police and firefighters, along with members of the U.S. Coast Guard, searched Sandusky Bay Saturday night after receiving a report an all-terrain vehicle had gone through the ice.

But as of 10 p.m. Saturday, searchers were unable to determine if anyone had, in fact, fallen through the ice — or whether the caller had actually seen the lights of a ship in the bay.

A patron at Damon’s Grill at Battery Park reported seeing a four-wheel vehicle disappear and he thought it went through the ice, according to Lt. Robert Vanscoy of the Sandusky Police Department.

Local authorities first received the call at 7:30 p.m. and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard shortly thereafter.

Six Coast Guardsmen met at Battery Park and walked around the perimeter of the pier.

Meanwhile, the Sandusky Fire Department dive team and others searched the area with thermal imagers trying to locate the vehicle or anyone in trouble.

Patrollers didn’t spot tire tracks or patterns a vehicle would make on ice.

Shortly thereafter, crews drove to Cedar Point for better vantage points.

At 10 p.m., they still couldn’t find the vehicle and local police and firefighters ended their part of the search. The Coast Guard continued searching, with the help of a helicopter that arrived overhead at about 9:30 p.m.

Some searchers think the caller might have actually seen the lights of an icebreaker which was operating in the bay at the time, said Cpt. Jeff Green of the Sandusky Fire Department.

Comments

Cowboy

Yeah, cuz a huge icebreaker looks just like a 4 wheeler on the ice........WHAT???????

Kimo

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Andy Ouriel

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Sunday morning no vehicles or people fell into the ice.

Teams and a helicopter concluded their search at 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Look for an online update shortly.

MrSandusky

Not only did he not know what an icebreaker is, he also seemed to be clueless that we have a channel out there as well.

Man, if this is the guy they picked, I would hate to see the other braintrusts the Register interviewed for the reporter's job that did not get hired.

zwest

Does the Coast Guard have a real ice breaker in Sandusky Bay?

lillyjoyce2000

Mr. Sandusky,

Perhaps the reporter was clarifying the location of the channel and what an ice breaker is, for those not as well versed as yourself.  In case someone has not spent their whole exsistence , and know the geography of Sandusky as well as you, the  reporter may be actually  trying to clarify what the Coast Guard rep was saying.  I for one ( call me ignorant) have never had the occassion to hear about an icebreaker, so the explanation was something beneficial for me. 

Why don't you find something better to do with your time than to make personal attacks anonymously against someone who you seem to have a problem with.  Get a life!

Cowboy

Duh......I always thought that the snow plow just went out on the ice and cleared the way for the big boats.......Duh.

MrSandusky

Ok, maybe it was a "personal attack" but really?  How do you become an adult and not know what an icebreaker is?  How do you live in this town for more than 3 months, and work as a reporter in a building that over looks the channel, and not know that it is there.  Next thing you know he will be asking about the Keller Building or Marv Byer's store......

lillyjoyce2000

Well, Mr. Sandusky. maybe you should be appointed as the official historian of the town so that you can share your vast cache of information such as Marv Byers Store (  was that a national landmark or something that we should all know about)?  I have a feeling that this reporter may have written about you or a family member in a negative manner, because you target him in your comments, that is very obvious.  Whatever it is, get over it and comment on the issues and leave the messenger out of it. In addition, I am 50 and have never heard of an ice breaker as mentioned before.  What you may think is obvious, is not to everyone. Have mercy on those of us who are so ill informed..Remember, there are many  who work and live in the area who were not brought up here. Where is/was the Keller Building?By the way, have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

ZEEKER

You said i could call you ignorant......so here goes.  "You are ignorant".  And you are rude also.  why don't you just stay quiet and learn??

North Bass Tard

An icebreaker is a large ship owned by the United States Coast Guard which is generally seen during Ice Fishing season as it creates an opening that allows the ice to cut loose and create an emergency where a large donut eating sheriff in ottawa county tries to attract attention to himself even though he has nothing to do with the rescue. A little bitter? Yes. A large ship? Yes. It's actually pretty sweet. Google Mackinaw Ice Breaker. Merry Christmas and Happy ice fishing to all! Be safe out there this season.

coldcreek70

.....BUT my Son and Daughter lost EVERYTHING in The recent HOUSE FIRE right before XMAS!!!  I am in Castalia and very sad this holiday season...The KIDS are in need more than all of us on here...God bless

Kimo

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goofus

I thought an ice beaker was a humorous anecdote thrown out as to lessen a tense moment.

Kimo

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goofus

I have friends at PIB that have been ice fishing for four days now.

Kimo

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goofus

Oh yeee of little faith, more people have conservative views than liberal, google it. The more money you have, the more friends you have, that has to be an alien comment.

Kimo

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