OOSAR team participates
in chilly icy water training

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The lake might be Yellow, but Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue (OOSAR) team members were certainly blue.

The team took part in some icy-cold training Feb. 3, joining an advanced ice safety rescue course taught by Rescue Canada’s Chris Armstrong.

“The members learned basic safety and hazard assessment along with self rescue and companion rescue on flat/static ice,” explained OOSAR’s Kyle Fossett.

“The classroom portion of the course was held in Penticton and hosted by Penticton and District Search and Rescue; the on-ice, in-water portion of the course held at Yellow Lake along Hwy. 3A.

The air temperature Sunday was about -12C, said Mr. Fossett — with the windchill pushing it close to -19C.

OOSAR now has three members trained as Ice Safety Rescue Techs and works as part of a regional team with three other teams located in Penticton, Keremeos, and Princeton.

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