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    Two die in ice-fishing accident

    The Wichita Eagle

    Jan. 12, 2004

    Wichita, KS -- A weekend ice-fishing trip turned deadly when two elderly Inman men apparently fell through thinning ice at Cheney Reservoir, a popular spot for winter anglers, authorities said Sunday.

    By midday Sunday, after searches by helicopter, emergency workers using boats and ropes recovered the men's bodies where they had apparently broken through ice in a relatively deep part of the lake, Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said.

    The men who died, Joe Goodson, 78, and Elmer Schmidt, 81, had been missing since Saturday evening.

    Schmidt, one of the two men who died, was an avid ice fishermen and had been to the lake Wednesday, then returned Saturday, said a daughter-in-law, Elaine Schmidt.

    Schmidt and Goodson -- friends who lived just a few apartments apart at a retirement center in Inman -- went to the reservoir around 9 a.m. Saturday.

    The men were last seen at the lake around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, when other fishermen left because they thought the ice had become too thin, Sheriff Henderson said.

    When Schmidt went ice-fishing, he would pull his equipment out onto the ice with a sled, Elaine Schmidt said. He also would leave the tailgate down on his 1983 Ford pickup as a sign that he was out on the lake.

    When the two men did not return to their McPherson County homes by sunset, relatives contacted a friend, who found the pickup parked near the northwest edge of the lake.

    The tailgate was down.

    A helicopter search Saturday night failed to locate the men. But an air search Sunday morning found a hole in the ice about 300 yards from shore, with what looked like fishing equipment around it, Henderson said.

    Cheney Fire Department rescue teams used two boats and ropes to ease out onto the ice.

    At the ice hole, the teams found the men's bodies.

    The men had apparently fallen through the ice. The sled hung from the ice partly into the frigid water, which was at least 8 feet deep. The site is at an original river bed, where the water is deeper and the flow is stronger.
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    Two women safe after ATV falls through ice

    By Greg D'Andrea, Enterprise correspondent

    January 12, 2004

    NORTON, MA — Two women whose all-terrain vehicle fell through the ice on a pond off Route 140 on Sunday afternoon were able to get out of the frigid water before rescuers arrived.

    At about 4 p.m., ice skaters and ice fisherman saw two women on a ATV fall through the ice.

    Lt. Al Briand of the Norton Fire Department said the two women were riding the ATV on the ice when they suddenly fell in.

    The women, both from Dedham, were visiting family and friends who lived near the pond and were able to return to the house on their own.

    Paramedics were sent to the house, and the Fire Department launched its hovercraft vehicle to check the pond.

    One of the victims was identified as Hope Johnson of 24 Mill St., Dedham. The other woman was not identified. She was taken by family members to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro as a precaution before paramedics arrived.

    The Fire Department had three divers on standby at the scene but they were not used as it was confirmed by witnesses and one of the victims that both women had gotten out of the water.

    Briand said the Fire Department launched the hovercraft to check the entire pond as a safety precaution. Firefighters cleared the pond of a number of skaters and ice fishermen because the ice was not safe.

    "The ice is absolutely not safe," said Briand. "We don't recommend anyone going on it."

    The ice was only an inch thick where the women went through and in some parts it was reported as still being slushy and not frozen said Briand.

    Briand cautioned that the ice is not safe because of the warmer temperatures that preceded the current cold snap.
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    Ice Fisherman Rescued

    By Anu PrakashChristine Lasek

    January 13, 2004

    St. Clair, MI -- There were anxious moments on Lake St. Clair Tuesday when more than a dozen fishermen were rescued from three different sites after being stranded on the ice. Yet, despite the tense moments and several rescues, there are still many people out ice fishing.

    The fire chief in Ira Township said crews rescued three ice fisherman Tuesday morning. There was another man who fell into the water and was pulled to safety by another fisherman, and nine people were rescued from an ice flow in Harrison Township.

    Roy Foggo, one of the rescued fishermen, recounted his story to told Action News. "I heard somebody yell and I looked out my window of the shanty and saw a couple of guys running and then I realized why I had a current. The ice was flowing out. So we all tried to make it to the point down here but by the time we got close, the ice had split away from there, too."

    The fire chief told Action News that no injuries were reported, but said that these rescues are testaments to the fact that the ice is not thick enough to be safe. The wind has also picked up in the lake area, and is contributing to the ice’s fragility.

    People who must go out on the ice are urged to take all the precautions possible. In the meantime, rescue crews are on standby mode until they receive the all clear from the coast guard that there are no more stranded fisherman.
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    ATV plunges through Norton ice

    January 14, 2004

    NORTON, MA -- A day after two women rescued themselves after falling through ice on the Norton Reservoir, Fire Chief George Burgess is warning residents to stay off the ponds in town.

    Firefighters were called about 3 p.m. Sunday for the incident near a portion of the reservoir off Route 140 near Freeman Street, said Burgess.

    Rescue officials found the all-terrain vehicle submerged in the water. The fire department hover craft and a dive team were dispatched before officials determined that the riders made it out of the water safely, Burgess said.

    Fire officials say Hope Johnson of Dedham and Nancy Davis of Boston, believed to be in their 30s, were riding the vehicle on the reservoir when one of them fell through the ice.

    The other woman fell in while trying to rescue her friend before both managed to make it out of the 10-foot by 10-foot hole.

    Davis was treated at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for a cut to her chin. Johnson declined treatment at the scene.

    Burgess said the town has a rink on Harvey Street, which residents should use instead of skating or walking across the reservoir and other ponds in town.

    `` Keep off the ponds. Some days they're safe, and other days they're not,'' the fire chief said.

    Fire officials warn that falling through the ice causes the body temperature to fall, sapping a person's energy to help themselves out of frigid water.
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    Ice floes put 15 people into chilly Anchor Bay

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    IRA TWP., MI -- Fifteen people had to be rescued Tuesday morning from western Anchor Bay after a giant sheet of ice broke away from shore.

    The U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities said many of the men emerged from their fishing shanties after a brief snowstorm to find hundreds of yards of open water separating them from shore.

    No injuries were reported.

    In St. Clair County's Ira Township, three fishermen were rescued from an ice floe off Swan Creek Point in Fair Haven. Nearby, officials said another man was rescued by fishermen after his snowmobile fell through the ice.

    "They knew something wasn't right when they felt the ice move," said Lt. William Krul of the St. Clair County Sheriff Department.

    In Macomb County, nine people were rescued from the ice near Metro Beach Metropark in Harrison Township. Authorities also had to pull two people from the ice near Brandenburg Park in Chesterfield Township.

    The ice floe was caused by fluctuating temperatures, which broke the ice from shore, and high winds, which blew the ice south into open water.

    "It all depends on weather," said Coast Guard Lt. Patti Mitrowski, commander of the St. Clair Shores station.

    Mitrowski and other local authorities said some fishermen had noticed cracks in the ice earlier in the day.

    "Sometimes these guys think they can get across, but then they can't always get back," she said.

    Ira Township resident Nancy Rickel, 41, said the ice broke from the shore in front of her Long Island Court home shortly after 8 a.m. The force of the floe tore several neighbors' metal ladders -- which could be seen sticking out of the edge of the ice -- from their sea walls.

    "You could hear it crack," Rickel said. "It shook this whole island."

    Her sister-in-law, Robbin Bates, 42, said she saw the ice move from her home near the tip of Swan Creek Point.

    "It took off like a sailboat," she said.

    Ira Township firefighters used their rescue boat to investigate eastern Anchor Bay for further breaks that could endanger fishermen, who remained on intact sections of ice a few hundred yards from the flashing lights of emergency vehicles on the shore.

    "We tell them it's unsafe, but as far as forcing them, we don't have the authority to force them off the ice," Krul said.

    Fishermen coming off the ice near the public boat launch in Fair Haven, east of the problematic section of ice, said they felt safe on their section of ice.

    "The ice always breaks over there by the point," said Jason Uppleger, 24 of Marysville.
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    Jan. 15, 2004

    Fishermen Stranded

    High winds split ice, fishermen on bay of Green Bay
    Wednesday ordeal ends with rescue by Coast Guard crew

    By Paul Brinkmann
    Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

    BRUSSELS — Four fishermen who were trapped on moving ice Wednesday for two hours in the bay of Green Bay said the ice was stable with little wind that morning.

    By 11 a.m., however, the wind started howling, and they noticed a hole opening up between them and the shore near Chaudoir’s Dock in southern Door County.

    “We couldn’t see 15 feet in front of us, it was blowing so hard,” fisherman Tom Grosbeier, 33, said. “The wind came up so quick.”

    The men from Door and Kewaunee counties were rescued about 2:10 p.m. near Chaudoir’s Dock by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Traverse City, Mich.

    Grosbeier’s companions were Dennis Buhr, 51, Tim Buhr, 33, and Cory Cornette. The men said they would continue to go ice fishing, but they’d be more careful about watching the weather next time. Although the ice was solid when they left, high winds broke it up quickly.

    Grosbeier said the group huddled downwind from their two parked all-terrain vehicles while snow formed a protective glaze on their jackets. All four refused medical treatment after an examination by the Coast Guard.

    Rescue agencies and the fishermen gave this account:

    Riding two all-terrain vehicles, the four men left the shoreline about 8 a.m. after testing the ice thickness to about 12 inches in several places. They put their portable shack near five or six other shacks.

    Inside the shack, the men fished for three hours and caught several fish. They noticed the wind picking up, but didn’t worry much about it.

    Around noon, the group tried to reach shore through limited visibility and realized their problem.

    High winds broke up the ice and shoved it toward shore, leaving some open water and some shifting mounds of shove ice.

    The group checked its Global Positioning Satellite unit and dialed 911 on a cell phone at 12:25 p.m. The Door County Sheriff’s Department responded with a hovercraft and rescue team.

    The sheriff’s department was unable to help because ice was stacked 20 to 30 feet high, a “mountain,” according to Sheriff Terry Vogel. The Coast Guard was notified, and a helicopter left Air Station Traverse City at 1:14 p.m. CST.

    The helicopter arrived at 2:10 p.m. Because of weight limits, only three fishermen could go at once. A fourth, Dennis Buhr, was left behind with a Coast Guard member in a thermal wet suit. All four were safe at Door County Cherryland Airport by 3 p.m.
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    Man Still Critical After Rescue From Icy Pond

    January 15, 2004

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A Baltimore County man is still in critical condition after he was rescued from an icy pond near Owings Mills.

    The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 4500 block of Painters Mill Road.

    Martin McKibbin, 76, was trying to get his dog from the pond when he called for help. A Baltimore County police officer and three other men crawled out on the ice to help him, but the ice gave way -- sending all four into six-feet of water. They finally reached McKibbin and pulled him out.

    The dog got out on its own.

    McKibbin was in cardiac arrest and was taken to Northwest Hospital Center. He lives near the pond on the campus of the McDonough School -- where he also teaches history.
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    Charge for rescue services?

    For safety's sake, add a fee, preach common sense

    January 15, 2004

    Sure as winter comes to Michigan every year, fishermen get caught on breakaway ice. Fifteen were set adrift Tuesday on Lake St. Clair. Rescuing them is a costly and dangerous undertaking for public safety agencies and the Coast Guard.

    Several years ago, after a high-six-figures rescue, the Legislature briefly considered a bill authorizing police to ticket anglers who ignored obvious hazards to venture out on the ice. The legislation died, in part because deciding whether someone took a needless risk can be a pretty tough call in a place where weather turns so quickly.

    But there is a method the state should consider to help local officials meet this responsibility -- which, by the way, they accept and prepare for each year.

    The Department of Natural Resources should look at adding, for a small fee, an ice-fishing endorsement to Michigan fishing licenses. The state sells about 2.5 million licenses each year. Residents pay $27 and nonresidents $41 for unlimited fishing. Anglers who also intend to ice-fish might be charged an extra $3, with the additional revenue going to law enforcement agencies for equipment, training and the cost of ice rescues. The money could be distributed through grants, or based on a formula that might include the number of ice permits issued to residents of a given county.

    Public safety agencies aren't complaining about this work. Their primary concern is saving lives. But with their budgets strained and homeland security responsibilities piling up, this is something the state ought to do without being asked.
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    Cold weather havoc

    Thursday, January 15, 2004

    Beverly, MA -- The return to frigid weather this week could bring about water and medical emergencies, warned the Beverly Fire Department, which cautioned people against starting their cars in the garage and allowing them to run and presenting a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. In addition, public safety officials warned against the hazards of frozen pipes, wood stove fires and skating on thin ice.

    People who have not already done so should make sure that pipes in unheated areas of the house are properly insulated. It is equally important for those who discover frozen pipes in their house to use proper thawing techniques. Never use a torch to thaw pipes, said BFD Public Relations Officer Pete O'Connor.

    "If you are unsure of the best method, call your plumber. A couple hundred dollars in plumbing fees will be nothing compared to a tragic fire," said O'Connor.

    Frozen pipes have already caused severe water damage across the city. Sprinkler pipes broke at Endicott College, 59 Park St., 33 Enon St., and at China Jade restaurant on Dodge Street.

    The fire department also cautioned against the use of wood and pellet stoves that have not been cleaned. Check the serviceability of their stoves before firing them up, said O'Connor. Byproducts of combustion lining the vents and the machines can catch fire if the unit is not serviced by a licensed technician annually.

    O'Connor also suggested checking on neighbors or friends who may need assistance during extreme temperatures. Or, if they are unable to reach them and there is reason for concern, let someone know.

    Fire department divers responded to a call at Chebacco Lake on Tuesday. "Even though rescuers were not needed, the call shows the importance of knowing the ice thickness and self rescue techniques," said O'Connor. Contact the Department of Fire Services for their Ice Safety Flyer.
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    January 14, 2004

    Hope fades for Tennessee resident
    Pier, waves deadly duo

    Tribune Staff Writer

    ST. JOSEPH, MI -- During a blustery winter day, the shores of Lake Michigan offer a stark and beautiful picture of the power of nature.

    But that beauty can hide a deadly danger for the unlucky or unwary, as the family of a Selmer, Tenn., man discovered in a truly tragic way Monday evening.

    Joel Johnson, 30, was missing and presumed drowned Tuesday after a trip to the city of St. Joseph's Tiscornia Park with members of his family Monday evening.

    Police say the victim, originally from the St. Joseph area, was back in town to visit family, and had told others who accompanied him to the park that he wanted to venture onto the pier at the park to get a last look at the crashing surf before leaving.

    But when he didn't return in 20 minutes, family members contacted police. And despite a massive search effort Monday evening involving both police and Coast Guard personnel, not a trace of Johnson could be found.

    By Tuesday afternoon, there remained little hope that he would be found alive.

    "At this point, we are approaching it as a recovery operation," St. Joseph police Sgt. Rick Smiedendorf said during ongoing search efforts Tuesday. "In these conditions, once you are in the water, the chances for survival are just not good.

    "Our hearts really go out to the family," he said.

    Weather conditions at the park both Monday and Tuesday included high winds, high waves, and below freezing temperatures. The pier at the park is designed to bear the brunt of those waves, protecting the inlet into the city's harbor.

    But that also means the pier has waves and spray washing over it during bad weather, creating thick ice deposits that can cause pier walkers to slip into the water, as well as a danger of being swept from the structure by a high wave. Authorities believe that is what may have happened to Johnson.

    "It's really dangerous out there sometimes," Smiedendorf said. "But there are people who like to go out there anyway.

    "We're trying to tell them it's better to just stay on the beach and watch the waves from there," he said.

    Despite the rough conditions and a water temperature pegged at 33 degrees Fahrenheit by the thermometer at the Coast Guard station in St. Joseph, rescuers spared no effort in their attempt to find Johnson alive Monday night.

    Braving eight-foot swells and a biting wind, search parties paced the pier and nearby beaches while Coast Guard personnel employed an Aerospatiale HH-65A Dolphin short-range rescue helicopter and a 47-foot motor lifeboat to comb the nearby waters.

    "We were employing all our searchlights and had everybody on deck searching," Coast Guard Chief Eric Lepley, describing the motor lifeboat operation, said. "We got as close in to shore as the water depth would allow.

    "It's always disappointing when a search is unsuccessful, you really want to at least give the family some closure," Lepley said.

    Members of Johnson's family were reportedly on their way to Tennessee Tuesday afternoon to be with the victim's wife, whose name was not released.

    In the meantime, the grim work of the searchers continued. Smiedendorf said that weather conditions prevented employing the county dive team in the search, although they would still likely be used if there was a break in the weather. Until then, searchers will make sporadic checks of the beach and pier area on car and foot.

    And they would hope that the tragedy might prevent others from a serious danger that has claimed lives in the past. The problem of accidents on the city's two piers has prompted, Smiedendorf said, the production of a pier safety video which was premiered, ironically, at a municipal meeting Monday night.

    But Peter Fuller, a St. Joseph resident who often jogs through Tiscornia Park with his dog, said no video -- or tragedy -- will prevent some people from venturing out on the pier during storms.

    "I see them out there all the time," he said Tuesday. "Personally, I think they're crazy."

    Staff writer Adam Jackson
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    Search continues in Lake Superior for missing snowmobiler


    ASHLAND, Wis. - A search will resume at daylight for a snowmobiler who fell through the ice of Lake Superior.
    A snow plow driver spotted a set of lights going down in the water around 2:15 a.m. Thursday in Chequamegon Bay in Ashland, Wisconsin. Crews later found a boot, a mitten and a helmet near a hole in the ice.

    Strong currents are making the search difficult for divers.

    "There's a tremendous amount of current out here that was around the breakwall and that's what carried the open water," said Ashland Fire Chief Keith Tviet. "The ice conditions on the breakwall are never safe."

    The missing snowmobiler has not been identified. Authorities say he or she probably got disoriented in the snow and got too close to the bad spots in the ice near the breakwall and power plant.

    "People are pretty much aware if the fact this is not a good place to travel," said Ashland County Sheriff John Kovach.

    A snowmobiler drowned in the same spot in Ashland 13 years ago.
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    January 18, 2004

    Man Dies While Ice Fishing

    Irondequoit, PA -- There was a dangerous rescue attempt for firefighters in Irondequoit on Saturday. A man who was ice fishing on Irondequoit Bay had a massive heart attack. Firefighters were not sure the ice would hold. No one actually went through the ice, but fire fighters approached the situation the same way they would if someone had.
    They wore special suits, tethered themselves with ropes and put their special training to work. Several Irondequoit Bay neighbors woke up to an ice fisherman having a massive heart attack out on the bay. As his family looked on, fire fighters fought to save him but they were working in tough and dangerous conditions. There were three inches of slush and over 6 inches of ice. The firefighters weren't sure the ice would hold.
    Point Pleasant Fire Chief Dave Herring says his crew was prepared. In fact on Friday night they had a drill for this type of situation. Captain John Cullati trains the men who go out on the ice. The chief says their plan ran smoothly, unfortunately the man's heart attack was too massive and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
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    Jan. 16, 2004

    Two area men rescued from sinking truck

    WEYAUWEGA, WI — Two ice fishermen were rescued unharmed Thursday eve-ning after their pickup truck broke through the ice on Partridge Crop Lake.
    Weyauwega Fire Chief James Baehnman said the men, Timothy Kelly of Kaukauna and Mark Hungerford of Little Chute, were returning from ice fishing on the Wolf River around 6:30 p.m.
    They lost their way in the dark and their pickup broke through the ice about 400 yards from shore.
    The two scrambled through the windows as the truck sank to within one foot of the roof.
    The men got the attention of someone on the shore, who called the fire department.
    Firefighters fixed their location with the aid of a thermal imaging camera and called in the Tustin Volunteer Fire Department airboat to complete the rescue.

    The men were brought ashore about 8:30 p.m.
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    Search and rescue teams search Lake Hopatcong for missing snowmobiler


    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - An experienced snowmobile rider last seen in the Henderson Cove Section on Lake Hopatcong is missing. State police and friends fear he and his vehicle plunged through the ice.

    Search and rescue teams rode all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) across the lake on Saturday, looking for 46-year-old Thomas Stafford of Jefferson Township or his snowmobile. State police say they are focusing their search on a break in the frozen lake between Racoon and Halsey Islands.

    On Thursday night, he took a snowmobile ride with his friend along the lake. Stafford's friend stopped to visit someone on shore. When he returned, Stafford and his snowmobile were gone, and now Stafford's friends and wife believe the lake ice broke and he fell in. They think he may have failed in an attempt to skip a pocket of water, a common maneuver. There are spots on the lake that are not frozen.

    State police had helicopters up in the air on Friday searching for Stafford. They would like to bring in divers, but police say it is too dangerous with the frigid temperatures. They say the earliest that may happen is Monday.

    News 12 New Jersey learned that Stafford was an expert snowmobile driver, riding in Canada for years.
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    Rescuers pull man from logjam in river

    by Lori Varosh
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    A man was stuck on a logjam in the Green River west of Black Diamond Saturday, triggering a three-hour rescue effort by police and fire agencies and volunteers.

    The man, identified by KING-5 TV as John Johnson, was cold but uninjured.

    Johnson and his friend, Mike Podrosky, had been floating the river when their boat capsized around 5 p.m. near Metzler Park near 188th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Green Valley Road. Podrosky reached shore and called 911 at 7 p.m., said a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff's office.

    Deputies and rescuers from King County Search and Rescue, Enumclaw Rescue and Mountain View Fire and Rescue began the search near 212th Way Southeast, battling darkness and dense brush on both sides of the river, before they spotted Johnson stuck on the logjam.

    ``We can see him and everything's fine. We've just got to get him off there,'' the Sheriff's spokeswoman said at 8:30 p.m.

    Deputies and fire department officials in dive suits had managed to cross the river by 9 p.m., said Chief Greg Smith of Mountain View Fire and Rescue.

    King County's Guardian One helicopter hovered overhead to illuminate the site, Smith said.

    Johnson was rescued at 9:40 p.m.

    KING reported that the current was swift in the 37-degree water. The men's experience underscores how dangerous the river can be.

    ``You can't float this river, especially in the middle of the night,'' Smith said.
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    Simulating danger

    By Brian Krans
    Winona Daily News

    Members of the Winona County Sheriff's Dive/Rescue Team simulated a power parachute crash rescue mission Saturday on an island near the spillway on the Mississippi River.

    Team members were not given any advance notice of what to expect at the scene — each of the monthly training scenarios are different.

    When they arrived at the boat landing, members used global positioning systems to lock in where the victims were.

    "Just this fall we did some training with GPS, and it worked really well," said team member Gary Eddy.

    The team headed out onto the ice with a Jon boat and Zodiac inflatable boat with transportation, rescue and medical gear.

    Josephine Dobson was one of the first people to reach the victim. Dobson wore a bright yellow "Mustang suit" — a fully floatable suit — when she checked the stability of the ice. When she gave the OK, the rest of the team moved onto the ice.

    There were two mock victims, including one who was unconscious, bleeding through the leg and had a severed arm. Although there were no real injuries, the team treated the situation as if there were. One member gathered ice chunks in a plastic bag to transport the stick serving as the severed arm.

    Another victim waited under the ice until divers could brave the 34-degree water and pull them out. Diver Judd Stanislawski wore a diving suit that kept him warm, but his neoprene mask didn't cover his entire face.

    "It gets cold," Stanislawski said. "It almost feels like a knife shooting through the top of your head."

    The victim, affectionately named "Homer," was a smiley face drawn on a half-gallon milk jug in a mesh bag and weighted down with a boat anchor.

    Stanislawski scooted over to a hole in the ice and brought Homer out within seconds. Team members kept Stanislawski from being lost under the ice by holding onto a rope attached to his waist.

    "We never send anyone, under any circumstances, under the ice without a rope," team leader Russell Marsolek said.

    Team members are involved on a volunteer basis, exactly like local volunteer fire departments. Members' occupations range from maintenance employees to doctors. Dobson, a realtor, said she became interested after taking a diving course, and she started more training.

    "I wanted to do something for the community," she said.

    Although the monthly training sessions are simulated, the "real thing" is a bit more hair-raising for the team.

    "Your adrenaline's pumping," Stanislawski said. "It's scary in the sense of the unknown."
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    Sunday, January 18, 2004

    Ten missing in plane crash
    Rescuers search Lake Erie for signs of passengers

    By CP

    WINDSOR, Ont. -- A single-engine aircraft carrying as many as 10 people crashed into the ice on Lake Erie last night shortly after it took off from Pelee Island.

    "It doesn't appear there have been any survivors," said Paul Mulrooney, president of Georgian Express, the airline that operated the routine winter flight between Windsor and the island.

    The wreck of the plane was found nose-down in the water soon after the crash and search and rescue officials swung quickly into gear.

    Two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters from Detroit used spotlights and radar to search a wide area just west of the island, which lies near the U.S.-Canadian border in the middle of Lake Erie.

    "From what we understand there is a pretty extensive debris field," said Sgt. John Leclerc, from the Canadian search and rescue co-ordination centre at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.

    A Canadian Coast Guard ship and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, which had both been on duty breaking ice a few hours away, were expected to arrive at the crash site last night to aid in the search from the water.

    "We really don't expect to get some really concrete news certainly until at least daybreak, until we get some daylight in there and have the vessels in there," said Leclerc.

    There were conflicting reports about the number of passengers on board.

    Although airplane manifests listed nine -- eight passengers and a pilot -- Mulrooney said an additional passenger may have slipped onto the plane at the last minute.

    Officials didn't expect to know for sure until coast guard vessels could get close enough to the plane to look inside.

    Low cloud cover, snow and freezing rain hampered the search efforts last night.

    The helicopter that spotted the wreckage at around 7 p.m. had to dip down to just 15 metres above the icy water in order to see under the clouds.

    Two rescue helicopters dispatched from CFB Trenton were unable to reach the site due to heavy snowfall.

    The cause of the crash was not immediately known and Mulrooney said the Toronto-based pilot was an experienced flyer who had travelled the route many times.
    "He who saves a single life, is said to have saved the entire world." TM

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    Default Man Falls Through Ice to His Death


    Man Falls Through Ice to His Death

    By Jeff Rossen
    Prospect Park-WABC
    January 18, 2004

    Even with the frigid temperatures we've had recently, there are still dangers on the ice on ponds and rivers. One man in Brooklyn's Prospect Park apparently ignored the warnings by the parks department -- walking out onto the ice and falling in the frigid waters.
    Eliza Beckwith, Eyewitness: "He was in the middle of the lake...walking down right in the middle of the lake. And then we saw him go in."

    Eliza Beckwith was walking her dog. She looked over and saw the man fighting to escape from under the ice.

    Eliza Beckwith, Eyewitness: "He gets out...he's walking again. He seems to be ok. And then he walked and went back down."

    Several people in Prospect Park witnessed the man walking up to the edge of the open water and falling in twice. One dog walker walked out onto the ice to try to rescue him, but couldn't.

    Parkgoers mentioned that there are signs everywhere warning people to stay off the ice.

    It's true. But, who's to stop a motivated risk-taker.

    Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York (D): "Growing up you would always try to tip-toe out onto the ice. You almost always got a sense pretty quickly that it wasn't going to hold you for very long."

    In this case, the man is still in the lake and presumed dead. Police don't know why he walked out there. They don't even know his identity.

    Eliza Beckwith, Eyewitness: "Don't walk on the ice at all, especially when it's thawing."

    Divers spent hours in the lake today searching for the man's body. They couldn't find him. Those divers will return on Monday.
    "He who saves a single life, is said to have saved the entire world." TM

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    Default Search Is Called Off for Man Who Fell Through Ice

    January 19, 2004

    Search Is Called Off for Man Who Fell Through Ice in Park


    A man fell through the ice in Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn yesterday morning, triggering an unsuccessful two-hour search for his body in the frigid water by three police teams and Fire Department scuba divers, the authorities said.

    The man, whose identity remains unknown, was walking alone on the western part of the lake about 9 a.m. when several witnesses saw him fall through, said Joseph Woznica, deputy chief of the Fire Department, at a lakeside news conference.

    The witnesses heard a shout for help from the man, who was wearing brown clothes and appeared to be in his 20's, Chief Woznica said. The man pulled himself out of the water and stood for a moment before falling through the ice again, said one police officer. He bobbed up, yelling for help a second time, and then disappeared under the ice, the officer said.

    One of the witnesses went on the ice to try to rescue the man, but fell through himself, said Liam Kavanagh, a deputy commissioner of the Parks Department. The would-be rescuer pulled himself free and returned to shore.

    Shortly afterward, a helicopter arrived carrying divers with the Police Department's Air-Sea Rescue unit. An emergency operation was set up at the lake's southern end, near the Grecian Shelter, Chief Woznica said. They were soon joined by other diving teams from the Police and Fire Departments.

    "Conditions were extremely difficult due to the large ice pack and the cold temperatures," Chief Woznica said. The ice was a foot thick in spots, but open water with ducks and geese on it was visible in the middle.

    In such cold water, a man trapped under the ice could survive for an hour and a half at the most, Chief Woznica said.

    The two-man diving teams, wearing insulated dry suits, took turns searching the lake from a site just beyond three small islands about 40 yards from the lake's southern shore. In less than an hour, dozens of officials from the Police, Fire and Parks Departments arrived to help.

    The lake is about six feet deep in the area where the man disappeared, and visibility in the water was close to zero, said Capt. Thomas Dougherty of the Police Department's Emergency Service Unit. The divers relied mostly on their hands to conduct the search, dividing the lake's southern side into grids using ropes and buoys, Captain Dougherty said. The divers themselves were connected to ropes, he said, and if they had tugged to signal trouble, officers on shore could have pulled them to safety.

    After searching for almost two hours with no success, the divers walked back to shore, and fire and police officials ended the rescue effort. An effort to recover the man's body is expected to begin this morning, Chief Woznica said.

    Despite the recent cold weather, almost all the city's 32 ponds and lakes remain dangerous, said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. There are 86 signs on Prospect Park Lake warning passers-by not to go onto the ice, and red wooden ice rescue ladders can be found at 20 locations around the lake, Mr. Benepe added.

    A man fell through the ice last winter in Prospect Park Lake but was rescued by a Parks Department official who happened to be nearby, Mr. Benepe said.
    "He who saves a single life, is said to have saved the entire world." TM

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    Default Snowmobile breaks through thin ice

    January 19, 2004

    Snowmobile breaks through thin ice on Oakland pond

    Staff Writer

    OAKLAND -- An Albion man shivered a short time after the snowmobile he was riding crashed through thin ice on Snow Pond on Sunday.

    Cold, wet and a bit shaken, John Henderson recounted the unexpected dip into the frigid water that happened after he and his son, Mike, rode onto the snow-covered pond for a leisurely ride that could have been deadly.

    "I feel real lucky," Henderson said while sitting inside a warm truck in the parking lot at the boat launch off Belgrade Avenue.

    Henderson said he rode his 1990 Ski-doo snowmobile just ahead of his son onto the lake. He said the helmet shield over his face began to fog up, and as he lifted the shield the snowmobile began to slow about 50 feet from shore. Before he could do anything, the snowmobile broke through the ice, immediately sinking and leaving Henderson floating in icy water up to his throat. Henderson clutched at the solid ice around the hole, where the water was about 7 feet deep.

    "I didn't touch the bottom," Henderson said. "In less than a minute, my body was numb."

    Henderson said later he was confident there was enough ice on the lake because he was following a track made by another snowmobile. "I couldn't see the ice. I was on snow."

    He said the ice was only about 2 inches thick where the snowmobile went through. A week earlier, open water was visible between the dam and the boat launch.

    Henderson said he was lucky that his son and two men were nearby to help him get out of the water.

    "I told Mike to get a tie-down strap from his snowmobile and throw it to me and hang on," Henderson said. While he held onto the strap his son threw, the two men ran over with a long pole saw and helped pull him from the water.

    Mike Henderson stood outside the truck and looked at his father.

    "I was scared," the son said.

    After Oakland police and rescue crews left the scene and John Henderson got into drier clothing, he and his son considered the problem of how to get the snowmobile from the water.

    When game wardens arrived to investigate the accident, Henderson learned about a diver who specializes in underwater recovery of vehicles. Henderson did not know whether the snowmobile will be pulled from the water or lifted with airbags. He said removing it could cost $400.

    Game Warden Dan Murray said ice fishermen and others who venture onto frozen Maine lakes and ponds should know the conditions of the ice beforehand. Local knowledge of ice and terrain is important and can prevent accidents, Murray said.
    "He who saves a single life, is said to have saved the entire world." TM

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