Hundreds rescued from ice floes
Rescuers leave the Riga Port Authority on Friday after more than 200 people were plucked off ice floes that broke away from the mainlaind.
March 29th, 2013
04:08 PM ET

Hundreds rescued from ice floes

More than 220 people have been rescued after two ice floes broke off from the Latvian coast and were blown into the Gulf of Riga, Latvian emergency services said Friday.

All 181 people on the larger floe near the capital city of Riga were removed by boat, and 42 people were rescued by helicopter from the smaller floe off the coast of Jurmala, a nearby seaside resort town.

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