Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Two Capital City Fire Rescue Officers stressed the importance of ice safety while guests on Action Line Monday.
Assistant Chief Travis Mead and Captain Jayme Johns, who heads up the department's Rope and Water Rescue Teams, were the guests.
Chief Mead said of ice safety. "Because of this warmer weather, we really want to get it out there to people to stay off the ice. This time of year the ice is definitely not thick enough to be out walking on."
There was an incident Friday night on Mendenhall Lake. One of the two individuals feel through the ice and was wet up to his waist. The chief said the person was near shore, but it became somewhat of a life-threatening situation. "It was night. He was cold. They were lost. We had them stay put and we sent two people out to rescue them."
If the ice allows, Chief Mead said they will do their annual ice safety demonstration in January that describes how to save yourself. In the meantime, he advises people to have a plan in mind in the event you fall through the ice.
Additional information on ice safety is available on the department's web site at https://beta.juneau.org/fire