Coast Guard: No such thing as 'safe ice' on Lake Michigan

The U.S. Coast Guard conducted ice rescue training on Lake Michigan Thursday.
February 27, 2014 4:17:17 PM PST
Despite the dangerous cold, the U.S. Coast Guard is getting more and more calls to rescue people trapped on and in the frozen ice.

On the ice today, it's only a drill, a life-saving exercise to rescue someone who has fallen through the ice.

"It looks like safe ice, but there is no such thing as safe ice. It's very unpredictable. It's very dangerous ice," said Petty Ofc. 1st Class Joseph Bienek, U.S. Coast Guard.

This morning, members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Calumet Harbor ran through their ice rescue drills.

"It can get redundant but when you get that one case that all can be the first ones there you know the training the drills how to do the rescue. it could be the difference between someone living and not making it," said Boatswain's 1st Class Derek Chabot, U.S. Coast Guard.

Their daily practice not only fine hones their skills, but is an opportunity once again to warn the public of the dangers of walking on the ice.

On Wednesday, police took a man into custody and cited him after he ventured on an icy Lake Michigan. He was near the Chicago Yacht Club when Chopper7HD spotted him.

"Last year, year before, a handful of responses. Now we're having a couple a week," said Commanding Ofc. Mark Stevens, U.S. Coast Guard.

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