Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay maintains proficiency in ice rescue techniques

d9CLEVELAND — An early and intense winter season has meant an increased demand for ice-breaking operations for the Coast Guard 9th District’s ice-breaking fleet, but that didn’t stop the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., from conducting ice rescue training earlier this week.

A yardstick measures the thickness of some of the ice that the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay is battling during ice-breaking operations in the Straits of Mackinac Feb 5, 2014.  The crew of the Katmai Bay, homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, have spent the past few days trying to keep the Straits open to shipping traffic.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Michael Patterson

A yardstick measures the thickness of some of the ice that the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay is battling during ice-breaking operations in the Straits of Mackinac Feb 5, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Michael Patterson

Across the district, ice-breaking crews logged nearly four times the 5-year average for 1st Quarter, Fiscal Year 2014.

The crew of Katmai Bay was operating in the Straits of Mackinac in ice ranging from 24-30 inches tall, not including pressure ridges, which towered over the standard 36-inch yardstick pictured.

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