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Area rescue crews hold ice rescue training at Hanscom Park

Posted at 4:23 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 17:23:40-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A number of area rescue crews were at Hanscom Park Lake on Wednesday for an ice rescue.

It was all part of a training exercise that they like to do at least once a year.

With the recent cold and another cold snap expected this weekend, it was a good reminder on how to keep prepared.

Officials say more ice rescues happen after owners try to save their pets that have wandered out on the ice.

"We urge them not to go out there themselves. Let us come out there and do it," said Battalion Chief Charlie Oborny. "The incident that happened recently, they went out to rescue the dog. There was one last year, same thing, dog was out there and they went out to rescue the dog. Obviously people are a little bit heavier than the dog and they're going to break the ice and soon they're going to fall though."

That incident he's talking about happened less than a week ago. Two people and their dog were rescued from a pond at 173rd and Frances.

All are doing fine and have been reunited.

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