Rescuers warn of danger of ice walks during thaw

Rescuers warn of danger of ice walks during thaw
Search and rescue crews are warning people not to head out on thin ice. Rescuers will go to Moscow schools to teach ice safety as spring comes closer.

Ice is beginning to melt in Moscow water bodies. The ice thickness in the Moskva River is now from 12 to 30 centimetres, and elsewhere it is from 31 to 45 centimetres. Every day, rescuers measure the ice thickness and warn people against going out on ice.

A section of the Moskva River between the Kuntsevo and Kozhukhovo search and rescue stations in the Western and Southeastern administrative areas is particularly dangerous. In some areas, ice is breaking up and water is flowing through the cracks.

Ice in the Desna River near the village of Rybino is around 20 centimetres thick, and in Moskva River bays the ice thickness ranges from 20 centimetres to 44 centimetres in Kozhukhovsky Zaton.

Four water incidents have been registered and four people rescued since the beginning of the year. Every day, 120 emergency crews patrol water bodies throughout the city, explaining safety rules to violators up to 400 times a day.

From 27 February through 18 April, rescuers will polish their professional skills at their training base in Strogino. And from 6 March to 4 April, they will be visiting Moscow schools to remind students of ice safety rules in spring and teach them life-saving techniques.

For mass activities on ice, its thickness is required to be no less than 35 centimetres, Vladimir Volkov, Deputy Head of the Moscow Emergencies Directorate and the city’s chief inspector for small-size vessels, told mos.ru. Updated ice thickness reports are available on the official website of the Moscow Main Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies.