What to do if you fall through: rescuing yourself in icy water
and other ice safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard Portage
DOLLAR BAY, Mich. (WLUC) - With warmer temperatures on the way, the U.S. Coast Guard wants you to stay safe when you’re venturing onto or near frozen water.
TV6′s Tia Trudgeon visited the Coast Guard Station Portage to chat with Petty Officer Brennen Barber about preparedness and what to do if you fall through the ice.
Barber says that preparedness is key to your safety in the winter.
That means always wearing a life jacket, telling your family where you’ll be and when you’ll be back if you’re going out alone, and marking your equipment that you use on ice.
Barber tells Trudgeon that most deaths in the winter water occur not from hypothermia, but from drowning.
Knowing the 1-10-1 rule could potentially save your life.
That’s 1 minute of controlled breathing, 10 minutes of controlled movement, and 1 hour before you lose consciousness due to hypothermia.
If you’re properly prepared and have a pair of ice awls on hand, you should be able to get out of the water in a matter of minutes, assuming you’re near an ice shelf.
Tia Trudgeon demonstrates a self-rescue using this technique.
If you see someone fall into the water, call 911 before attempting to rescue.
Copyright 2023 WLUC. All rights reserved.