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Marion crews train for ice rescues

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Crews are undergoing ice rescue training Wednesday and Thursday at Bjorensen's Pond in Marion.

Wednesday, rescue workers covered how weather conditions affect ice, the role of hypothermia in victims, and how to maintain the safety of both rescuers and victims.

"If you find yourself in that situation, get your sleeves of your coat wet, and put them on top of the ice so they freeze on to the ice," said Doug Wyman, Marion Fire Department Chief. "That way, at least you're not going to go under the ice and you'll stay on top of the ice. It makes it a whole lot easier to be rescued that way."

Rescuers say if you fall through the ice, you have 7-15 minutes before hypothermia sets in. After that, victims are no longer able to help in their own recovery.

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