On February 25, Bear Lake, Onekama, Cleon Township, Village of East Lake, US Coast Guard Manistee, Manistee County Dive Team, Manistee K-9 Unit, Manistee County Sheriff and Under Sheriff, County Snowmobile Patrol, Wexford County Dive Team, Missaukee County Dive Team, West Shore Hospital EMS, City of Manistee all spent the day on Bear Lake practicing for an event they hope never happens.
Recently there have been several tragedies involving good people who were caught by unpredictable ice conditions on area lakes. As Spring approaches, what can look like good snow and ice cover can hide a tragedy waiting to happen.
Braving frigid waters and biting wind, Fire, EMS and First Responders systematically practiced safety procedures for retrieving victims who fall through the ice on inland lakes.
Remember these folks the next time you need help. To see a video clip, at high or low resolution, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPRhEuwDsbM