What to do if the ice breaks and that YOU fall into the water?
Stay calm. The panic is your worst enemy in this scenario. Repeat on you even. Your
clothes are filled with air and you should be able to float a while.
Retrace your steps. Ice enabled you to go up to this flaw, so she should be able to get by. Take your hands out of the water and try to get on the ice.
Propel you out of the water with your legs by beating the water. Once out, DON’T GET UP. Roll or crawl further until you have the certainty that the ice is stronger.
Call for help and are looking for relief. Hypothermia is your greatest enemy at this point and you need to keep warm you. Find a source of heat, devetissez – you and change of clothing.
Go to the emergency room for a follow-up.
What to do if the ice breaks and your FRIEND falls into the water?
Stay calm and take a look at the options that are available to you.
Find relief, the materials likely to get your friend out of the water, sources of heat, etc…
DO NOT venture you near the fault, or your friend fell. This ice is fragile and you are not useful if you fall in the water with the latter.
Use a rope, a sled, scarf or even your coat to the limit to try to get your friend out of the water. Always stay at a safe distance from the fault and if you you approach him, lie down on your stomach to allocate more weight to prevent a second take.
If you are unable to rescue your friend, contact the rescue immediately. There is not a second to lose.
A few tips, tricks and good habits to adopt when you practice ice fishing
- Wear the clothing necessary!
It’s cold! You will be exposed to strong winds that will cool your ardour! Wear insulated underwear, a complete and waterproof Snowsuit and flotation devices if possible. Feel free to bring a pair of gloves from spare parts and one or two vests with additional long sleeves in your backpack. Better too much than not enough
- Don’t go out alone on the ice
Don’t take a chance and always leave with a fishing partner with Commit4fitness. In the event where you absolutely must go fishing alone, warn your loved ones your out, your location and time when you return.
- Measure the thickness of ice often
Measure the ice every ten metres and if you observe a decrease in ice, retrace your steps. Better to be cautious in case of doubt.
- Not attending the streams and rivers such as high-risk areas
The ice is thinner near the moving water areas and the thickness varies greatly. Watch topographic maps to identify the stream which flows into your Lake.
- Be extra cautious when traveling nights or when it snows
A mistake happens so quickly and your chances of being rescued in times of low visibility are very low.
- Bring a crampons or ice axe system to get out of the water.
There are several very interesting products that allow you to get more easily from the water. A particularly interesting model consists of two punches connect by a string that you pass through your coat sleeves.In case of falls, these are attached after you and allows you to crawl out of the water on the ice.
- When on the ice, get off your car windows and do not wear your seatbelt
An incident, you can quickly get out of your vehicle and avoid the worst. Fall in the water is already very risk so imagine what it’s taken inside a submerged vehicle.
- Always keep an eye on the people who are with you
Ice fishing is a great activity and family groups, but there is always a risk. Always make sure you know we are the members of your family/group.
- Bring food and hot drinks
A simple Granola bar can you give a lot of energy and feel you better after spending several hours exposed to the cold of winter. Ice fishing requires a lot of physical effort, because long walks are often necessary and much material must be brought.
- Last but not least, avoid alcohol
As you probably know, alcohol greatly affects your ability to make decisions. In a context or your life is played can be on a meager 4 inches of ice, there is no chance to take. Alcohol is also a factor aggravating in case of hypothermia.
Whether you call it ice fishing or fishing on ice, this activity is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day in the company of good friends and family.
Enjoy your winter well and tell us your out fishing Forum! In the meantime, we wish the best of possible winter fishing seasons and remember that no fish to be caught at the expense of your safety is worth.
Good fishing to all!
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