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Capital Area Dive Team Braves Cold for Training

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - One group of professionals that can't escape the cold? The Capital Area Dive Team--in fact, they seek it.

The temperature outside reads about 6 degrees, but the water is warmer than the air temperature.

The Capital Area Dive Team was out training in the frigid temperatures, cutting through five inches of ice before jumping in to a 34 degree pond in Hawk Island Park.

"It's very dangerous. That's why we do this training," said Sgt. Joe Brown. "We're likely to get a call in this weather condition and we have to be trained to operate in this situation."

Their mission: to rescue a victim who had fallen through the ice. Secured by a harness, each diver got down on their hands and knees.
     
"That's the safest position. We're not standing up centered on one location where it may break and risk falling in or breaking another hole," said Robert McElmurray, a member of the team.

Once in the water, the rescuer clips a rope onto the victim and the divers at the shore pull both of them out. It's a rescue simulation they say will help them be prepared for this type of cold weather situation.

"Just being in the water a few minutes, the physical and mental effects from it. It drains you very fast," said Sgt. Brown. "The more we do this, the better off we're going to be."

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