Coast Guard Station Burlington scheduled to receive new rescue airboat

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that Coast Guard Station Burlington is scheduled to receive a new air boat next week to assist in ice rescues on Lake Champlain.

The new airboat will be one of the many tools that Station Burlington uses to increase its response and on-scene times. The importance of the new rescue equipment was highlighted last weekend when a tragic snowmobile accident on Lake Dunmore claimed three lives.

In addition to unusually thin ice this year, ferry operations, due to the demolition of the Crown’s Point Bridge between Crown’s Point, NY, and Chimney Point, Vt., may create a hazard by loosening ice in areas that have traditionally been frozen solid.

“We hope to prevent tragic outcomes on Lake Champlain like the recent tragic snowmobile accident on Lake Dunmore,” said Cdr. Phillip Thorne, the chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “The new airboat will significantly enhance the station’s ice rescue response time on Lake Champlain, but we are also urging people to stay off the ice.”

Station personnel will receive training on the new boat prior to responding to search and rescue cases with the new airboat on Lake Champlain. The training will focus on the safe operation of the boat and proper maintenance.

Currently, Coast Guard members must walk carrying all of their equipment to any ice rescue scenes, which can take valuable time in rescue efforts. With the airboat, which goes over ice and water, the Coast Guard will be able to reach more incidents and get there faster.

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