Training on the ice

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.The cold weather on Tuesday didn’t stop first responders from taking a dive.

21 degrees and wind chills in the single digits – and yet some first responders were ready to answer the call.

Divers brushed up on underwater rescues, some diving under the ice for the first time.

“Everyday I go to work, there’s a chance that somebody somewhere will get called out on that’s fallen through the ice.”

Max Winchell is an Indiana conservation officer and he’s also a diver trained in water rescue.  He says up and down temperatures make ice around here unsafe.

This is why once a year area divers and rope rescue teams train on the ice.  Winchell says it’s important to train in the cold.

 

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