Though several coast guard members have undergone ice rescuer training in the lower forty-eight, this was the first time any of them had experienced ice training in the Arctic. The air temperature hovered around freezing and the water temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit.  Rescue techniques vary depending on how long the victim has been in the water and whether they are conscious or unconscious. Forms of rescue equipment used include slings, harnesses, sleds, and shepherd’s crooks.

About The Author

Amanda Kowalski

Amanda is a photographer and multimedia producer. Her work ranges from magazine photography to eclectic short films. Her goal is to document the science as well as the daily life on the Icebreaker Healy. Amanda will be making regular photography and video posts to the website.

4 Responses

  1. Erin Curtis

    Wow that looks cold, but yet thrilling all at the same time..I wonder if my man was part of that..Thank you for posting it was neat to see the pics of the them doing there rescue drills.

  2. Susan White

    Great shots, Amanda, from interesting angles. Just wondering how you got some of them!


      Hi Aunt Suze, For some of the more unique angles I was actually using a camera in waterproof housing mounted to a pole. Don’t worry, I didn’t go swimming!


    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for your comment. That training was amazing; I was very impressed by the union of fun and strategy. The crew is incredibly talented.


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