Ice Cutters Push Through to Rescue Stranded Ship

Coast Guard believes it will be clearing and breaking up ice in Great Lakes for the next couple of months.
1:20 | 02/24/15

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Ice Cutters Push Through to Rescue Stranded Ship
to the north breaking more records tonight. Temperatures below zero expected in many places through the end of the week. And look at the view from space. The great Lakes now more than 85% frozen. Ships trapped in ice up to three feet thick. ABC's Alex Perez on board a coast guard cutter, breaking its way through several feet of ice tonight. Reporter: Tonight, U.S. Coast guard cutters plowing through the frozen waters of the great Lakes on a mission to help a stranded freight ship stuck in the ice. It may not look like it, but this is a frozen lake Huron you're seeing there, and this cutter is pushing through some major ice right now. Take a look on the side here, you can see some of these ice plates like that one right there, two to three feet deep in some areas. So far this year, the coast guard helping more than 245 vessels get through this part of the great Lakes. We've been cutting through ice for about an hour and a half, and we're finally arriving near that freighter that they are trying to help. This cutter is that ship's lifeline. They need supplies and they're going to help them get them. For the stranded crew, a sight for sore eyes. We're getting low on basic things like potatoes, bread, milk. Reporter: From back here, you can see just how big some of those chunks of ice are. Because of the bitter cold, the coast guard believes they will be out here clearing these channels for at least the next few months. David?

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"id":29202006,"title":"Ice Cutters Push Through to Rescue Stranded Ship","duration":"1:20","description":"Coast Guard believes it will be clearing and breaking up ice in Great Lakes for the next couple of months.","url":"/WNT/video/ice-cutters-push-rescue-stranded-ship-29202006","section":"WNT","mediaType":"default"}