Hovercraft Mud & Ice Rescue on Rivers and Lakes
Rescue of person(s) falling through or trapped on ice
- Usually short distance from shore.
- Low temperatures, possibly limited visibility, could
be day or night operation, usually low wind speeds.
- Deploy hovercraft rapidly from road trailer and launch
from river or lake bank.
- Proceed to victim(s) at low to medium speed depending
upon distance, 25 mph (40 km/hr).
- Maneuver up to or around victim(s) to achieve best retrieval
position given the situation. Could be loaded from either
side or front of hovercraft. It is essential that hovercraft
does not overshoot and overrun victim(s) at speed.
- To retrieve victims clinging to ice ledge, deploy in-water
rescuer wearing Mustang Ice Suit so hovercraft will not
dislodge victims' hold.
- Load into hovercraft or onto stretcher if required. May
be necessary to drag up to 250 lb (113 kg) person over the
side and onto a stretcher. Three persons may need to be
carried at one time. Could be grossly overloaded with multiple
- Return hovercraft to ambulance pick up point at medium
speed fully loaded and unload victim(s) on dry land if possible.
- Hovercraft may be required to rescue animals from mud