Good To Know: Man Demonstrates How To Rescue Yourself After Falling Through Ice

January 2, 2018


First, stretch out your arms and pretend you're Jesus, like so. If that doesn't work, start praying to him and follow the remaining steps.

This is an instructional video created by Kenton Whitman demonstrating how to rescue yourself in the event you fall through ice. Of course the easiest way to rescue yourself from falling through ice is to never fall through ice in the first place, but peers will pressure and things will happen. The first part of the video is Kenton discussing what happens to your body after falling through ice, and common misconceptions of how to rescue yourself. The actual action begins at 6:40 though, so skip there if you just want to see what you need to do, and not why you need to do it. Still, I can't help but feel that a guy who truly believes in his self-rescue technique should have set up a tripod and filmed the video himself instead of having a cameraman present.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Pineappler, who agrees that, alternatively, you can just let yourself freeze and wait for future generations to reanimate you once the technology exists.

  • vernon211

    I always found that having gloves on will give you an advantage. If there is a corner spot, that can also make it easier. The kick is very important. Also it is very important to dispel the myth that it is impossible for a person to climb back onto the ice, assuming the ice is solid enough so it won't keep breaking as you try to climb out. If I recall correctly as it was a long time ago, my father saw me climb out of a hole in the ice and he was dumbfounded I could do it and I am not very athletic.

  • steve holt

    "First, stretch out your arms and pretend you're Jesus like so. If that doesn't work, start praying to him and follow the remaining steps."
    LOL! that might actually work.

    Anyone else think GW is really crushing his game or is it just me....

  • GeneralDisorder

    Praying would potentially help reduce panic and panicking in emergency situations tends to make bad things worse.

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