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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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