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Chaotic ice rescue video gives me the creeps

Clip is a prime example of folks wanting to do the right thing but unprepared and untrained to do so


Watching this video gave me the creeps.

It's a prime example of folks wanting to do the right thing but unprepared and untrained to do so.

It's also a lesson to learn regarding the risks taken by public safety providers when conducting technical rescues. 

In a previous column, I mentioned how important it was to size up the scene for safety hazards, as well as any clues to what was happening at the moment.

The more panicked people are, the calmer and slower we have to proceed in order to stay above the chaos.

In this instance, perhaps the wiser move would be to make sure the victim stays afloat, long enough for trained personnel to pull him out of the water safely.

The rescue effort becomes much more difficult when multiple victims are involved. 

This video serves as a reminder that we should be prepared to respond to these types of incidents. Public awareness should be part of that preparation.

Help your community to stay safe this winter!

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