They say there has been an increase in activity on the ice this year, particularly in the Straits of Mackinac because of the blue ice. The Coast Guard wants to make clear, right now, no ice is safe ice.
“Ice conditions are always changing and are very difficult to determine,” said Captain Amy Florentino, Deputy Sector Commander. “In many locations, the ice conditions are becoming extremely dangerous, and we urge everyone to heed warnings from local authorities to avoid placing themselves at risk.”
Just in case, the U.S. Coast Guard is always prepared to head out at a moment’s notice to perform an ice rescue. To make sure they are always prepared, they are constantly training in various scenarios.
The U.S. Coast Guard invited ‘the four’s Xavier Hershovitz and chief photojournalist Derrick Larr to participate in an ice rescue training at their St. Ignace station. Watch that video above for the rundown of their life-saving equipment. Watch the video below to see the full ice rescue demonstration.