By: Bears Butt

As the warm weather continues to plague us ice fishermen here in Northern Utah, the chance of falling through the ice becomes more and more real every day.  I saw this video today and it is one of the most informative I have seen on self rescue after falling through the ice.

I have been to on site places that showed the methods this man uses, but none of them ever said anything about the fact that the person falling in would go through what is called “water shock”.  I can only imagine what the body must go through going from dry and warm, to icy cold and wet in a second or two time period.  I’m also certain that if I ever fall through the ice, my first instinct would be to get my body above the water and run to safety.  That would mean shooting straight up until my feet were out of the water and then running on top of the water and ultimately back to the truck.  At that point any gear that was left on or near the ice would become the property of anyone who found it as it would be my last ice fishing adventure and I would no longer need any of the gear.

So, take a look at this video and I hope no body viewing it will ever need to use this information.


Written on January 27th, 2015 , Fishing Stories

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COMMENTS commented

    Thanks Wynn. That video was great. I fell in Mantua last year. After I crawled out my overalls froze and I had trouble getting my keys out of my frozen clothes. Not something I want to do ever again.

    January 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm
      Bears Butt commented

      Did you experience the shock the guy talks about when you first went in? I would crap my pants if I ever fell in. I’m very glad you got out and lived to talk about it.

      January 29, 2015 at 8:01 am
        Nate Strebel commented

        Cold water shock for a minute-it would be tough not to panic and immediately want to try and get out. Good stuff.

        January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm
    Nate Strebel commented

    Saw plenty of people fishing Mantua today-Looks risky so I hope they saw this post.

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