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Snowmobile rescue comes with a steep price tag


While search and rescue teams will fish you out free of charge, your snowmachine might not be as lucky

Emergency personnel say before you take your snow machine out on thin ice, you might want to consider the resources required to rescue you.

The assistant deputy fire chief with the Sudbury fire department told CBC News that at least once a year, the rescue crew has to save someone who has gone through the ice.

To do that, a minimum of six to 10 firefighters are needed, along with three to five different types of apparatus.

“There’s a huge risk involved when performing any type of ice water rescue,” Jesse Oshell said.

“And so that is one of the main reasons why we have so many resources on scene at that particular time.”

Oshell said a normal rescue costs about $1,000, and can increase depending on the situation. That cost is paid for by the city.

Read more here: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/snowmachine-recovery-costs-1.3403563