An accident near Spruce Meadows this past week, had two teenagers pulled from an icy pond after they fell through. The pair was rescued and are recovering, but it's a good opportunity to remind everyone about safety measures around water this time of year.
The weather has been unseasonably warm, which we're not complaining about, but it can create some dangerous scenarious when ice starts to melt. Here's some tips found on the City of Calgary website that will serve as good reminders:
- Keep a safe distance from bodies of water, it's hard to determine the thickness of ice when weather is warm, so best to avoid bodies of water all together.
- Never back on ice-covered bodies of water, and that includes storm ponds.
- Try to stay calm and try to keep your head is out of the water.
- Call for help and keep your hands on the ice shelf.
- Try to pull yourself up on the ice on your stomach and roll towards the shore, where the ice may be thicker.
- If you can't get out of the water in less than 10 minutes, stop kicking and trying to pull yourself out, and anchor yourself to the ice shelf. Continue to call for help.
If you witness someone falling through ice:
It is important that you don't attempt to rescue someone yourself, as much as you may want to help. This could turn a bad situation even worse. Call 9-1-1 and give them words of encouragement and help coach them along.