Coast Guard Station Burlington conducts ice rescue training on Lake Champlain

Coast Guard Station Burlington conducts ice rescue training on Lake Champlain

Coast Guard Station Burlington conducts ice rescue training on Lake Champlain

Members of Station Burlington, Vermont’s ice rescue team adjust straps on their rescue board during training in Burlington Bay, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

The ice rescue board uses a system of pulleys to make it easier for rescuers to pull a survivor out of the freezing water. Another method for getting a survivor out of the water is the self-help technique. This technique involves a team member walking the survivors through how to get themselves out of the water. The team member instructs the survivor to kick their legs until they are parallel with the ice ledge and use their arms to crawl forward.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

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