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What should you do if a companion falls through thin ice?

bulletKeep calm and think out a solution.
bulletDon't run up to the hole. You'll probably break through and then there will be two victims.
bulletUse some item on shore to throw or extend to the victim to pull them out of the water such as pole or skis, or push a boat ahead of you.
bulletIf you can't rescue the victim immediately, call 911. It's amazing how many people carry cell-phones.
bulletGet medical assistance for the victim. People who are subjected to cold water immersion but seem fine after being rescued can suffer a potentially fatal condition called "after drop" that may occur when cold blood that is pooled in the body's extremities starts to circulate again as the victim starts to re-warm.

What if YOU fall in?

Try not to panic. Instead, remain calm and turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface of the ice (here's where the ice picks come in handy.) Work forward on the ice by kicking your feet. If the ice breaks, maintain your position and slide forward again. Once you are lying on the ice, don't stand. Instead, roll away from the hole. That spreads out your weight until you are on solid ice. This sounds much easier than it really is to do.

The best advice is don't put yourself into needless danger by venturing out too soon or too late in the season. No fisherman, no matter how much of a fishing enthusiast, would want to die for a Trout.

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