Ice Rescue

2 04 2010

Spring is here, and the break-up of the ice on the bays seems to be a good time for the fire brigade to practice their rescue skills. Probably this is one of the most likely times for people to have difficulties on the ice.

A couple of weeks ago, we came across the Riverport Fire Department out at Hirtles Beach. Unfortunately, I had just my little camera, so didn’t get any close-ups, but you’ll get the general idea.

The victim was  already  on the ice when we arrived and others moving across the ice.

The victim went through the ice and one person spread themselves out on the ice at the hole, while another rescuer walked out.

A rope was fixed to the person in the water. The crew on the land kept the ropes taut and the casualty was pulled out of the water.

Then they had another rescue at an even more open section. I’m not sure what the long  plastic tubes were for. Anyone able to help with that?




2 responses

6 04 2010


Again very interesting photos and the theme!!!

It happens very seldom here, that rescue team, hmm, actually we do not have, maybe firemen, because people are not going on thin ice generally speaking. Or if they go, everyone has with him so called “ice piercer”.

Here is example what I am meaning (sorry in Finnish, but the photo speaks):

Are You using in Canada same kind of tools which are obligatory? Always there are people who do not care of their lifes and that is why about 12 person are drowned yearly into thin ices.

What was striking to me in these photos, that “life rescue people” are not creeping on ice. Here everybody has been teached to do so.

Maybe this video from our TV (1962, 1973, 1985), is interesting to see, how to rescue.

I think that everyone should see this kind of examples, how to.

6 04 2010

I had not heard of these safety ice picks before, but have found them in online shops. They seem to be mainly for ice fishermen, but I don’t know if they are required by law. I enjoyed the video and understand exactly what you were saying about creeping on the ice. The firemen we saw were walking on thick ice until they were out at the hole, then they lay and spread themselves out. I think they also had a ladder, which would spread their weight. Thank you for all your comments.

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