FIVE ice fishermen were left stranded when a passing oil tanker cutting through the ice set them adrift from the mainland.

The incident happened in West Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan USA, where temperatures are currently plunging close to minus 15 degrees.

Those aboard the tanker were unaware there were people on the chunk of ice the boat had separated form the shore, and the anglers had to be rescued by the US coastguard.

“It got a little exciting there for a while,” said angler Ed Wells. “One minute we were watching our lines, the next we were trolling. I bet we were doing three knots.”
Joe Neihardt saw what had happened and set off in his canoe to see if he could help get them ashore. He arrived at about the same time a US Coast Guard helicopter arrived.
The men and their equipment were safely brought to shore.