They are heroes who willingly venture into the icy waters of Lake Michigan in order to save lives.
In extreme cold most victims have just minutes of consciousness when they fall into the icy waters of Lake Michigan, which is why the Coast Guard holds ice rescue training every day.
But after the winter we’ve had so far, their expertise has been in high demand for actual rescues.
Even when it’s just a drill, rescuing someone who has fallen through the ice can be very dangerous.
Members of Coast Station Calumet Harbor went through their rescue training Thursday morning to highlight work they’ve had to do more of this year.
An icy Lake Michigan has more people venturing out, despite repeated warnings.
Over the past two winters local crews have rescued about 100 people.