RES­CUE TECH­NOL­OGY

Canadian Geographic - - DISCOVERY INFOGRAPHIC -

DIVERS

The loads hauled by trans­port trucks over ice roads to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties are very valu­able, so if they do hap­pen to break through the ice, they must be re­cov­ered with as lit­tle dam­age to the cargo as pos­si­ble. To do this, divers se­cure rig­ging and lift­ing equip­ment to the lost load, and a winch or a crane care­fully lifts it to the sur­face. Divers use mod­ern re­breathers to in­hale warm hu­mid air, help­ing them work for longer pe­ri­ods.

ICE RES­CUE SUITS AND MORE

Mod­ern ice road prac­tices help pre­vent ac­ci­dents, but if a truck does go through the ice, it’s likely to be fa­tal. When res­cue crews are sent in, their equip­ment in­cludes the Mus­tang Ice Com­man­der res­cue suit, com­bined with ice-climb­ing moun­taineer­ing gear such as ice screws and as­cen­ders.

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