(CNN) --  

At least 75 people were rescued after being trapped on an ice floe that broke off the coast on the island of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East on Sunday, according to Russian emergency services.

Emergency services reported that a 50-meter-wide ice floe broke off near the village of Starodubskoye in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, between Russia and Japan, stranding more than 80 fishermen a kilometer from the coast.

Rescue operations, assisted by a ministry Mi-8 helicopter, are still ongoing.

Sakhalin emergency services said they originally received reports on Sunday morning that around 14 fishermen were trapped and deployed rescue teams to the town by car and speedboat.

It is not uncommon for people to get trapped on ice floes in this part of Russia.


In 2020, 536 ice fishermen were rescued from an ice floe that broke off the coast near Mordvinov Bay on Sakhalin Island, according to Russian state media RIA Novosti.

Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia. The 1,000-kilometre-long strip of land is off the east coast of Russia and just north of Japan.

By Josh Pennington and Alex Stambaugh

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