Hundreds of Latvian Beach-Goers Temporarily Trapped on Ice Floes

Rescued by boats


Two ice floes drifted off the Latvian coast on Friday, trapping 220 people at sea for much of the afternoon.

Emergency boats and helicopters quickly reached the scene in the Gulf of Riga, in an operation to rescue the stranded group of ice anglers and families.

One of the floes broke away at one of Riga's most popular beaches, and another a few miles down the coast.