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Photos: Ice boat featured in News Tribune story drifts off during storm

Joe Medlin (left) helps Rory Strange launch his iceboat into the waters of Superior Bay on Thursday morning. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com1 / 4
Deven LeSage (right) pulls Rory Strange’s iceboat to shore as Mark Nelson moves to secure it. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com2 / 4
Rory Strange (from left) and Joe Medlin return to shore as Deven LeSage and Mark Nelson move Strange’s iceboat onto shore Thursday morning. Winds had fractured and shifted ice that was firmly attached to the shore the evening before. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com3 / 4
Deven LeSage (from left), Mark Nelson, Rory Strange, and Joe Medlin move Strange’s iceboat farther onto shore Thursday morning. Winds had fractured and shifted ice that was firmly attached to the shore the evening before, leaving the boat cut off by water. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com4 / 4

Joe Medlin (left) helps Rory Strange launch his ice boat into the waters of Superior Bay on Thursday morning. Strange had a good day of sailing on Wednesday, but the winds accompanying Thursday’s winter storm broke up and shifted the bay’s ice covering. Around 9 a.m. Thursday a neighbor called Strange to tell him “Your boat is leaving.” With the help of friends and neighbors, and using plastic barrels for flotation and a long rope, Strange rescued his and another person’s ice boats.