Saturday members of the Wescott Fire Department spent the morning doing ice rescue training at the Gleneagle Golf Course.
"Hypothermia sets in, in a mere minutes, this water is about 37-degrees, " said Battalion Chief Mike Badger.
And that’s exactly why the firefighters are armed with heavy duty dry suits, used for training or in the event of an emergency, something members of this department know all too well. Two years ago two teenagers fell through the ice while riding bikes on another pond on the golf course.
"One young man was rescued, self-rescued, the other man died. It was a real tragedy," said Badger.
A tragedy in their own back yard that these firefighters are reminded of everytime they slip into the water.
"He was actually floating about mid-level, about 4 feet from the surface," Badger said.
An unfortunate accident that makes rescue training even more important, while also serving as a reminder of just how dangerous frozen ponds and lakes can be.
"The ice can be deceiving, what looks like good solid ice many only be an inch thick," said Badger.
Firefighters say bottom line people need to just stay off any kind of ice this time of year. As temperatures get warmer, the ice here will become even more dangerous.
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