Given that the weather was warming up, it was pretty stupid for all the ice fishers to be out on the ice. They even built "a makeshift bridge to get from one section of the ice to the other" so they could get farther out on the lake.
Unprecedented numbers of fishermen have taken to the ice this winter because thicker ice allowed them to go farther out onto the lake, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But Saturday's unseasonably high temperatures apparently melted chunks of the ice.
Ice fishermen towing trailers with snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles filled the parking lot of Catawba Island State Park on Friday, the newspaper reported.
And then the ice broke off and they all had to be rescued, with one fatality.
Sounds like Sarah Palin's natural constituency.