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More than 500 stranded on ice floes off Latvian coast

More than 500 stranded on ice floes off Latvian coast
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 9:40am

More than 500 people were stranded Friday on two ice floes that broke away and began drifting off the coast of Latvia, rescue officials said.

All but 43 of those stranded were drifting on a piece of ice in the Gulf of Riga near the capital city of Riga, according to the National Fire and Rescue Service.

The others were on an ice floe near the seaside resort town of Jurmala, according to rescue officials.

Rough seas were complicating rescue efforts by the Fire and Rescue Service, National Border Guard, Coast Guard and military officials, the fire service said.

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