Rescuing an Ice Fisherman

An ice fisherman in Estonia found himself in trouble, and emergency rescue personnel had to be called in to save this man’s life. Thinner ice in areas with swift surface currents are a significant hazard. Late winter warm spells can destroy the texture of the ice, which, while still of the required thickness, will not adequately support weight. It is called “rotten ice” or soft ice and is exceedingly dangerous. Some ice anglers will continue to fish, since even with the bad ice normally 8 inches (20 cm) is more than enough.