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Ice Water Dive Rescue Training in Hudson

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | January 31, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 021121103

An ice water dive training scenario was held in Hudson on Sunday, January 31.

Training was held all weekend for the past two weekends at the Oakdale Park in Hudson.

Members of the Hudson and Athens fire departments and Ulster County Sheriff's Department dive teams went through different ice water rescue scenarios.

Sunday's scenario involved the recovery of a victim that fell through ice too weak to hold rescuers.

In many cases, rescue crews will most likely come across a scenario presented in this training.

When a victim falls through the ice, the ice surrounding the hole is most likely going to be too weak for rescuers to go to the same hole to recover the person without risking the rescuers falling through as well.

In this training scenario, crews made their way to a more solid portion of the ice and members of the dive teams took turns diving in and navigating to the area of the weak ice where the subject was reported to be for the scenario.

This training scenario prepares for this situation in which rescuers need to dive at a different point and dive underneath the ice to get to the victim.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.