Port Credit Marina Water, Ice Training Venue
The sunny, windless days this past weekend proved the perfect opportunity for Mississauga Fire Department to practice pulling each other out of the frigid Credit River waters.
And though these pictures show large burly men in full gear walking on the ice, please do not attempt this yourself. With temperatures fluctuating from sub-zero to balmy, ice conditions change rapidly. And the firemen were already on scene in case real rescue was needed; it may take them a bit longer to come pull you out.
|Port Credit Lighthouse at Marina|
|Fire Department Inflate Rescue Boat at Marina Port Credit|
Overheard: "Who put the boat away wet?"[The building visible top right is Snug Harbour restaurant, currently closed for renovations. I've been informed re-opening is slated for February 21.]
|Mississauga Firemen Testing Ice Thickness Credit River|
|Inflatable Boat Port Credit Marina Dock|
See Inspiration Port Credit for aerial view of affected lands. The area pictured in this post is in the blue area between the red.
The blue railing, foreground, marks the end of the pier that separates the Credit River from the (public, city-owned) Credit Village Marina.
|Chilly Swim for Mississauga Firemen|
|Launching the Inflatable ~ Credit River|
To the delight of onlookers, one fireman bravely stepped off the edge, and entered with a splash that gave him a good dunking, and sent a stream of icy water into his suit.
|Winter Water Rescue Training Mississauga Fire|
|Firemen? What Firemen? Mallard Preens on Credit River Ice.|
Following the weekend's ideal winter weather, Monday (today) saw early morning wet snow fall that turned to freezing rain and ice pellets before turning into rain. The forecast calls for unseasonably warm temperatures for today through Wednesday, with heavy rains on Wednesday.
That means most of the ice will be gone, as will any snow, before the next freeze on Thursday. Keep in mind it takes many days of consistently below freezing temperatures to before ice is thick enough to support your weight.
For information about Mississauga Fire, see the City of Mississauga.