Although the majority of us know it’s generally unsafe to walk on a frozen lake or pond, especially when there are multiple signs and barriers warning us of its danger, there’s always going to be that one person—maybe even you!—who likes to tempt fate.
For those people and those who find themselves watching from dry ground, the video below might save a life.
Walking across a frozen body of water is never advised.
Although a body of water during the winter may look solid, looks can be deceiving. While in one spot the ice could be a few inches thick, a few feet away the ice could be as thin as a few pieces of paper.
If you venture out onto the ice and find yourself in trouble it’s important to keep your head above the water and try your best to relax. The more you panic the harder your escape and/or rescue will be.
Remember to relax and exhale slowly.
When you fall in your body will experience cold water shock. It’s crucial during those first few seconds to remain calm.
Once you have regained your composure you can begin to attempt a self-rescue.
Avoid the instinct to pull yourself straight out of the water.
Instead you want to lean on your stomach and kick your feet, as if you’re swimming.
Continue kicking until you feel the majority of your body lying on flat ice, but don’t stand up!
Using your arms, carefully pull yourself across the ice to either dry ground or a part of the ice where it’s thicker. Once you think you’ve reached a sturdier portion of ice, check it and then make your way to a safe area.