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Ice rescue at Curwensville Lake

Curwensville, PA – Thanks to our quick emergency rescue teams, two ice fishermen were rescued at Curwensville Lake.

The two fisherman had been on the ice at Curwensville Lake on Friday after 6:30 when they had to call for help. They had been trapped on the ice with water quickly surrounding them.

Crews from Rescue Hose and Ladder and Sandy Township were dispatched, with units and boats from the Sandy Township Water Rescue Team coming to assist the victims.

The two men had left the shore several hours beforehand to go fishing, but the shifting ice and rapidly rising water levels mean that the men could not find any solid ice contacting the shoreline when they tried to make it back to land.

Both the victims were able to be quickly brought to shore by the Sandy Township Water Rescue Team and evaluated by EMS within 15 minutes.

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

It is important to realize that even though Ice in the area may be thick enough for recreational activities, that does not necessarily mean that it is totally safe. Ice break ups and recent precipitation can cause flooding and turn any body of water from safe to extremely dangerous at a rapid rate.

Photos courtesy of the Rescue Hose and Ladder Company in Curwensville.

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Read the Facebook post from the Curwensville Rescue Hose and Ladder Company:

https://www.facebook.com/rhlco8/posts/4793225050756051

***ICE RESCUE***
This evening at 18:33, Company 8, as well as mutual aid units from Sandy Township, were dispatched to Curwensville Lake for a water rescue. Initial reports advised of two ice fishermen, trapped on the ice, with water quickly surrounding them. Rescue 8-1, Rescue 8-2, MedCom 8, 852, and 853 all responded.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed the initial report given. Meanwhile, units and boats from the Sandy Township Water Rescue Team responded to assist. As Company 8 suited up two ice rescue personnel, members on shore assessed the situation.

It was found that the two ice fishermen had left the shore several hours prior. Due to shifting ice and rapidly rising water levels at the lake, when the fishermen attempted to return to shore, it was found that there was no longer any solid ice contacting the shoreline, and that significant levels of water had already flooded the area.

Two ice rescue personnel were able to quickly make it to the victims and with assistance from many personnel on shore, both ice fisherman were able to be rescued, brought back to shore, and evaluated by EMS within 15 minutes. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained during the incident.

Several thank you’s goes out to several people for their help during this incident.
-To the units of the Sandy Township Water Rescue Team for responding to assist.
-To Curwensville Borough Police for assisting on scene.
-To the Pike Township Road Crew for responding to plow and treat the roads into the Lake.
-To the Curwensville Borough Street Crew who also responded to plow and treat the roads.

It is important to realize that even though Ice in the area may be thick enough for recreational activities, that does not necessarily mean that it is totally safe. Ice break ups and recent precipitation can cause flooding and turn any body of water from safe to extremely dangerous at a rapid rate.