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Russia rescues more than 500 fishermen stranded on giant ice floe

Moscow: In a nearly seven-hour operation, Russia’s emergency services rescued 536 ice fishermen after they got stranded on a giant ice floe that broke off the island of Sakhalin in eastern Siberia, officials said.

Around 60 more people were able to get back onto the shore on their own on Tuesday evening, emergency officials said.

Two fishermen use a smaller piece of ice as a raft and try to row to land.

Two fishermen use a smaller piece of ice as a raft and try to row to land.Credit:AP

Footage of the incident showed groups of people using smaller pieces of ice as rafts and trying to row to the Russian coast on them as the giant ice floe with the stranded fishermen slowly drifted further away from the land.

According to some of the Russian fishermen, by the time they had been rescued the frigid water rift between the ice floe and the coast was already 200 metres wide.

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