Okanagan Falls fire department put on an ice rescue course at Yellow Lake this weekend.

South Okanagan firefighters submerged in the icy waters of Yellow Lake

The local firefighters were taking ice rescue training at the Penticton lake this weekend

  • Mar. 1, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Firefighters from the South Okanagan spent the weekend submerged in the icy waters of Yellow Lake.

The brave firefighters were being trained on how to do ice rescues.

Firefighters from the Okanagan Falls fire department hosted the ice rescue course at Yellow Lake over the weekend. Several firefighters from different fire halls attended.

According to Oliver fire chief Bob Graham, the firefighters from his hall came back with some great new skills to assist with ice emergencies.

Luckily, there haven’t been any ice rescues lately in South Okanagan. But March can be a particularly dangerous time for them.

“With these warmer days, the ice on our lakes is starting to melt and there will be different soft spots,” said Graham. What is deceiving is the lakes still appear frozen, he added.

Yellow Lake is a popular ice fishing lake, located along Highway 3A, southwest of Penticton.

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