Emergency officials are reminding everyone to be safe around ice in the wake of last night’s tragedy on Stoney Lake.
Peterborough firefighters spent this morning training on Little Lake to be sure their ice rescue skills are in top form. Sarah Deeth reports:
It can happen in a heart beat. and when it does, emergency responders need to be ready.
Which is why firefighters spent Thursday morning on Little Lake, honing their ice rescue skills.
“That scenario that we did today is very common, someone going out a little too far perhaps, catching some thin ice and going through. Very basic scenario, but it’s most likely to happen here, especially around
Little Lake,” firefighter Rob Crowley said.
Each firefighter trains at least twice a year for an ice rescue.
That’s because there are about 150 drownings in Ontario each year,
in the summer and winter, when water is at its coldest and rescues can be dangerous.
Firefighters say that’s why rescue teams have to act like well-oiled machines.
“Everybody has a role, and because we operate with a small number of firefighters, there’s plenty to do for everybody, from prepping the boats, as a secondary or backup, having the primary rescuers, each of them needs to be tethered by a rope,” Crowley said.
And when it comes to your own safety, there’s one thing the fire department would like everyone do.
“Stay off the lakes, stay off the rivers, in this type of weather, where it changes back and forth, you can’t trust ice thickness right now,” firefighter Dave Gillespie said.
This platoon wrapped things up after running a few exercises.
But moments later, those skills were put to use on Sherin Avenue.
This little guy fell into the icy Otonabee River as his terrified owner looked on.
“I was going to jump into the lake, one guy, who was very nice with helping me, told me it was a bad idea,” Martin Carbajal said.
Instead, they called 9-1-1. The fire department was there in minutes, pulling a very cold from dog the freezing water.
“I’m so grateful these guys came so fast,” Carbajal said.