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When ice gives way: 105 drown in 2012

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The State Fire Fighting and Rescue Service (SFRS) recovered 105 bodies from water reservoirs last year, including four bodies in January 2013. Search rescue services under water are also often conducted by Riga municipality’s divers and the National Armed Forces Naval Flotilla Coast Guard.

This year’s first case of drowning was registered on January 1. The SFRS received word that a person fell into the water through the ice in Bullupe. Upon arriving to the scene, rescuers found fishing appliances. Riga municipal police was called in to help with underwater search and rescue. Rescuers then found the body of a 60-year-old man.

Specialists of the SFRS warn that there are many places that are dangerous to go even in winter, when the ice is the toughest.

Riga municipal police also notes that it is hard to say when ice is strong enough to hold a person’s weight. Everything is affected by frost, thaw, snow, the flow of water and a number of other factors. Specialists note that it is not advisable to go fishing alone. It is a good idea to have a mobile phone at all times; it is also a good idea to inform relatives of the exact location where the fishing will take place, as well as the time you expect to return home.

Experts remind that if you end up in water, you should immediately call for help, remain calm, stabilize your breathing and move around as little as possible until rescuers arrive. In order to successfully pull yourself back up on ice, take some useful tools with you when you go fishing – hooks or ice axes.

If you see someone drowning, immediately call rescuers using the number 122. Throw something for the drowning person to hold on to (a rope, or pieces of clothing tightly tied together). Do not run up to the drowning person, because the ice may break even more. A drowning person should be approached while lying flat on the ice – to equally distribute weight and prevent more cracks.

BNN previously reported that pulling a person from under the ice costs rescue teams around 100 LVL.

This depends on how long the rescue operation takes to locate the body and retrieve it, as well as how long it takes the team to arrive at the scene. In some cases, expenses may reach several thousand LVL, reports SFRS.

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