GLADSTONE, Mich. (WLUC) - In the winter months, we can expect some accidents to happen on iced over lakes. Today, a group in Gladstone was preparing for when an emergency takes place.
The Delta County Ice Rescue Team participated in an ice rescue training at Saunders Point on Little Bay De Noc.
The group practiced single and tandem rescues, using a sling to pull the victims out. They also used a “rapid deployment craft” as part of the training, which can be used to help get to a victim who is stuck in open water.
The crew says that this area is very prone for accidents to happen.
“We have a number of places on both of our bays that are inherently unsafe because of currents, and we have people who are very eager to fish and they don’t always pay attention to the conditions that make the ice unsafe,” said Edward Bigsby, Delta County Search and Rescue Training Officer.
The Delta County Ice Rescue Team is made up of members of the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, the Ensign Fire Department, and the Delta County Search and Rescue Team.