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.