Feb 24, 2011 1:19 PM

Ice dive scheduled this weekend

The annual Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Ice Dive will happen Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lake San Isabel.

The Ice Dive normally happens each year on January 1.  This year it was postponed because the ice hadn't gotten thick enough.

Divers will cut a whole in the lake ice and take turns diving into the icy water as part of continuing training.

This year, in addition to the actual underwater dive training, responders will drill on Ice Surface Rescue techniques and recognizing and treating hypothermia.

"There is a short time window for the volunteers to actually practice these life-saving skills," said Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears. "The fact that we need to take advantage of the window has not been more obvious than it was this year. It is critical each member is familiar with the dangers unique to an ice dive rescue. What to do when equipment freezes, how to correctly deploy under ice, how to work in tandem on the surface and underwater - all so necessary to saving a life and preventing responder injury or even death. I am very glad we were able to reschedule this training."

Citizens that wish to volunteer for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Bureau, or to find out how they can help in other ways, can call  719-583-6200.




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