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Dive and Ice Rescue Teams Respond to Missouri River Five Times

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Ice dive and rescue teams get called to the Missouri River five times in the last two months.

It's only February, and ice dive and rescue teams have been called to the Missouri River five times already this year.

No one has actually broken through the ice during these incidents, but responders say it's a risk not worth taking.

"When I was down there, it just does not look like a very safe thing to do... " says Deputy Troy Fleck/Dive Team Leader.

The Missouri River is definitely a sight to see, but in the winter time, dive and rescue professionals would rather you look at it from a distance.

"On the main channel where all the current is, the ice is constantly changing." says Fleck.

"The ice is going to vary from one point to another, like I said if it's ten inches in one spot it could be only an inch or two in another so you could fall through." says Lt. Casey Rogstad/Ice Rescue Team.

They have made animal rescues in the past, but so far this year, dive and ice rescue teams keep getting 911 calls regarding people on the ice.

"Nobody's gone through but just concerned citizens calling in, and concerned about people on the river." says Rogstad.

Along with an above average number of calls, there's evidence that too many people are taking a risk on or near the river.

"I did see a lot of footprints down along the ice, and even onto the ice which I can't think of why anybody would want to walk out there." says Fleck.

A truck that was reportedly pushed into the Missouri River in late January has possibly been a cause for some curiosity.

But responders simply do not want people walking where they shouldn't.

"I would definitely recommend that everyone stay off of the ice, definitely keep your children off of the ice, as well as your animals."

The Burleigh County Dive team and the Bismarck Rural Ice Rescue team train together.

Staying prepared and ready to respond to all kinds of ice situations so you don't have to.

"We want to stress is do not go out onto the ice yourself and potentially become another victim, and make sure 911 is called immediately."

Members of the dive and ice rescue team say if you do see someone who has fallen through the ice, call 911, and try to throw a rope or something for the person to grab on to from shore.

As for the truck that is in the river, dive team members say they will have to wait until the ice melts to pull it out.

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