Eight hunters and a dog were rescued Thursday from a Missouri River marsh island near Santee, Neb., after their boats became stuck in the ice.
No injuries were reported.
The hunters told authorities that there was no ice on the river when they put their 18-foot flat-bottom boats in about 5:45 a.m.
But South Dakota authorities received a call for help about 11:30 a.m. The hunters were unable to free the boats.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officers tried to reach the hunters by boat, but ice in the river prevented them.
A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter arrived and ferried the hunters, two at a time, from the marsh to the Nebraska side of the river. Their boats were left in the river.
Santee is in Knox County, about 200 miles northwest of Omaha.
The rescued men were Ben Micek of Omaha; Eric and Mitch Scranton of Norfolk; Colby Kerber of Broken Bow; Leigh Winterboer and Brad Rasmussen of Spencer, Iowa; Matthew Cronk of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Bill Lang of Huntington Beach, Calif.
The Santee Police Department and Bloomfield Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.
Tom Zimmer, Game and Parks law enforcement supervisor for northeast Nebraska, said in a statement that sportsmen should be cautious while on the river in cold weather.
“In cold weather conditions, be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “The river can ice up very quickly.”
World-Herald staff writer Maggie O'Brien contributed to this report.