Park Rangers from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore participated in an interagency ice rescue training session on Lake Superior on March 12.
Officers from the Alger County Sheriffâs Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie practiced open water rescue at the AnnaRiver on MunisingBay. The session was coordinated by Acting Chief Ranger T.C. Colyer. Other participating Park Rangers included Bill Smith and Shaun Hughes.
"We share responsibility with the sheriffâs department on the quarter mile Lake Superior jurisdiction of the Lakeshore,â stated TC. âWe periodically get together to practice skills and familiarize ourselves with the specialized equipment.â Of particular interest was the floatable rescue litter which makes extrication much easier.
A firm layer of ice still remains on MunisingBay and along other portions of the Lakeshore, but warmer spring temperatures and strong winds will begin to blow the ice sheet around. Ice fishermen are required to remove their shanties by the end of March.