Coast Guard rescues 59-year-old man who fell through ice near Toledo

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — An ice-rescue team from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, rescued a 59-year-old man who fell through the ice in Toledo’s Cullen Park this afternoon.

The man was rescued after reportedly falling through the ice while chasing after his dogs. The victim fell through the ice into about three feet of water and was unable to get back onto solid ice.

Station Toledo received notification of the man in distress from the Toledo Fire Department at about 2:45 p.m. The Coast Guard ice-rescue team and personnel from the Toledo Fire Department responded to the scene.

The man was helped back to shore and transferred to Emergency Medical Services.

The man’s dogs were able to make it safely back to shore.

Since Great Lakes ice is unpredictable and dangerous, the Coast Guard wants people to keep safety in mind, and use the acronym “I.C.E.” to remember the following:

I — Intelligence: check the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going and know how to call for help/assistance.

C — Clothing: wear the proper anti-exposure clothes with multiple layers. If possible, wear a dry suit to prevent hypothermia, which can occur within minutes after falling through the ice.

E – Equipment:
have the proper equipment such as a marine band radio and life jackets.

Recreational ice users are encouraged to:

  • Use the buddy system – NEVER go out on the ice alone.
  • Dress in bright colors and wear an anti-exposure suit that is waterproof, including a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Carry two ice picks or screwdrivers for self-rescue. They are much more effective than using your hands.
  • Carry a whistle or noise-making device to alert people that you are in distress and a communication device; a VHF-FM radio is more effective and reliable than a cell phone in the marine environment.
  • Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges and slushy areas, which signify thinner ice.

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