Firefighters warn to stay cautious on thin ice

While lakes surrounding the Anchorage area are pretty much frozen solid, fire fighters say there are still some dangers regarding thin ice.

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by Derek Smith

ANCHORAGE- While lakes surrounding the Anchorage area are pretty much frozen solid, fire fighters say there are still some dangers regarding thin ice.

"Usually, earlier in the year, ice is thinner and people have a tendency to go out and walk out on it and break up ice, that's where we have some problems," Captain Blake Lindsoe says.

Captain Blake says this time of year concerns are not necessarily focused on falling through ice skating ponds , but through the treacherous trails of the Chugach mountains.

 "We can run into some problems if people are on creeks, close to channels that are going outside to lakes, the ice is always thin."

Firefighters maintain it's not typical this time of year for someone to fall through the ice, however if you are snow machining through creeks and rivers, they want you to watch out for thin ice. If you find yourself in a situation where you have fallen in ice, fire fighters say to fall down with your hands wide. When you are actually submerged, you want to grab the edge of the ice and kick your feet. When you get out, you then crawl the way you came in.

"We have a rescue team that does rescue diving."

But if there is one thing to remember, always be careful when you are on suspicious ice.

"Inch of ice can hold you up, but what if it's going to be five feet from where you at? That's when you are getting away from the shore and get into your problems."

 

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