Taking the Plunge

Dramatic real-life rescues on the ice - and how to keep it from happening to you.
3:10 | 02/08/13

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Still to get in the blizzard of the century whatever your calling it tonight it means a lot of snow and ice across much of the country the northeast getting hit hard this evening. So tonight here -- the real life dramatic rescues on the ice. I keep it from happening to your family here's Jay Shafer. -- win the Heisman com. And take away. And -- Had. Least that's what happened recently when -- -- drove through a frozen lake and right move California. Within five minutes a dozen would be rescuers slip slide and sink into the. -- -- There when the people started off -- -- didn't just total -- he thought it was just good -- -- -- an out of control. This frosty chain reaction is a classic example of what not to in a situation like this but listen -- program. -- kind of -- that's the key here already on thin ice literally a rope or a line is the safest way to attempt to rescue him how. Now that. Yeah. Remarkably this new disaster had a brilliant ending. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- They survive but first responders -- their last resort wants to make contact with the victim. Just gonna commands -- -- home. And that a guys on the shore and -- enough forest Manhattan firefighters will rescue and -- New York minute but until they arrive. -- to the ice. There's a chance to get -- using -- pocket try to use those of belt -- -- -- -- -- -- -- to -- spread your body weight out of most of us. How did Minnesota on -- minute -- fourteen vehicles have already crashed through the eyes despite warning signs everywhere. It's very frustrating for us. We feel we've done. -- -- -- Job in trying to get this message out last weekend 31 year old man and his 87 year old ground to ground. The -- is not -- this year. And just last night in Ohio a rescue turned tragic when a good samaritan who rushed to -- the nice to save a five year old boy who had broken through. Clutching a boy in his arms the thirty year old rescue work carries the boy to safety but the hero did not survive most of the you know people and I'm not going to assist in the rescue and needing assistance themselves. With a blizzard conditions already crippling parts of the East Coast rescuers say regardless of the emergency you're in. Odds of survival are always better if you can fight instinct to panic. On the other hand if something like this should never happen near you. Largest glacier -- never recorded a documentary chasing ice. Feel free to be terrified.

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