MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) – Rescue crews from across the state gathered at Bear Lake Saturday for the inaugural Ice Rescue Conference and Education Day.
Hosted by the North Muskegon Fire Department, several departments and the United States Coast Guard, shared techniques they use when responding to ice rescues.
"We usually respond with a team of four that go out on the ice on foot," said Chris Apple, United States Coast Guard. "Time is of the essence."
While crews from the North Muskegon Fire Department use their hover craft, which can speed upwards of 60 miles per hour across a frozen lake.
Ice rescues are inherently dangerous, according to Steve Lague, North Muskegon's Fire Chief. "They're a high-risk, low probability situation where we can get in trouble very, very quickly," he said.
The have been no ice rescues in Muskegon County this year.