Officials take to the ice for rescue training

Officials take to the ice for rescue training

MUNISING —  A few officials took to the ice today, but not for fun and games.

The U.S. Coast Guard – Marquette Station assisted the Alger County Sheriff’s Department and the Alger County National Park Service with ice rescue training this afternoon on Lake Superior, so they can be ready for anything.

P.O. 2 Gerard Gagnon of the U.S. Coast Guard – Marquette Station says, “They may be the ones doing the most important work. When we show up, it could be a little bit longer. We have to drive from Marquette all the way over here, so Alger County’s going to be the ones that are on scene first, and they’re going to be the ones making the decisions that make the most difference, and those are the ones that are in the very beginning stages of that search or rescue.”

If you witness someone falling through the ice the first step is to call 911. Sheriff Robert Hughes has a few tips on what to do next.

Sheriff Robert Hughes of the Alger County Sheriff’s Department says, “Encourage them to do some self rescue. Maybe you could encourage them to kick forcibly while they still can, and when they’re still strong enough to. A big scissor kick would help a person get out the ice and get their body up onto the ice – have them spread their body weight over the ice, and roll away from the weak ice.”

Today the group focused on practicing with new equipment, like the hovercraft and rescue skiff.