Two fishermen safe after early morning rescue in Brown Co.

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Two fishermen were rescued from the Bay of Green Bay early Sunday morning after ice broke away.

At about 1:25 a.m., the Brown County Sheriff's Office was called to Volk's Landing on Edgewater Beach Rd.

The fishermen were on a chunk of ice about 300 yards from the landing and drifting farther away.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says they sent out their air boat for rescue. They reached the men, who had drifted another mile-and-a-half away.

The men, who are from Illinois, were returned safely to shore.

No names were released.

This is the second ice rescue off Volk's Landing this year. On Dec. 18, more than a dozen fishermen were rescued after ice broke away and they drifted from shore. The fishermen told Action 2 News that they were caught off guard by a wind direction change.

The National Weather Service in Green Bay reminds anglers that the ice is never 100 percent safe to be on. One should keep in mind that the ice should be at least 4 inches thick before stepping foot on it. If you want to take a vehicle out, the ice should be up to 15 inches thick.