Ice Rescue – Lake Superior


Honestly, my heart hurts a bit when I look at these images. 3 years ago this weekend the LaPointe team had to recover 2 of their friends from the water, and 3 years ago this past January, they had to pull my husband (and their friend) from the waters of Lake Superior. They had a horrible year in 2013 – but they are the reason we can live here, and live here safely. They are our heroes, though I am sure they do not like to be referred to as that.  These are the people who have to pull their friends out of the water, and who have to respond to their friends’ and families’ emergencies. We all love them very much and cannot ever thank them enough for being here for us.

The LaPointe & Bayfield Fire Departments held a joint ice rescue training on Saturday off of the Ice Road landing.  LaPointe brought their windsled, which I have always wanted to get photos of (though I wasn’t really ready to until now…), and they did a few drills getting people into the sled.  Behind them a group of our friends was ice fishing, and the ferry went out from the dock while the departments were practicing.  It was the Bayfield & Madeline Island communities in a weird winter weather pattern- ferries, ice fishing, and ice rescue drills on a non-existent ice road landing ;).

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6 Comments on Ice Rescue – Lake Superior

  1. Greg Le Grand
    February 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Hannah I hadn’t even thought of this being something difficult for you. I’m happy that you’ve been able to take this step in your healing. A tough photo assignment.

  2. Luann Glenn
    February 24, 2016 at 7:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Fantastic color and scenes. Ice rescue is important to you, I’m sure. Keep ’em coming, sweet girl. Stay safe and keep loving what you’re doing! I sure do.

  3. Diana Lashomb
    February 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Hello Hannah, Your photos are amazing and actually speak for themselves. If I were to live there and needed to be rescued, I’d feel better knowing they’ve practiced in every kind of situation. Excellent photos. As for the Anniversary of your Beloved’s Rescue, it’s bound to stir many feelings and I admire your strength of character and determination to forge past this point. It is with the Love of a Dear Friend I send your supportive Hugs and encouragement for your next adventure. Blessings Hannah.

  4. Jim
    February 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

    A very thoughtful photo series.

    Bless you for having the strength to do it.

    It’s a great sign that you are not letting go of the past, but are also embracing the future. It’s an incredible sign of strength ! Go !!!

  5. Michelle Leigh
    February 25, 2016 at 8:07 am (6 years ago)

    My heart aches all over for you when perusing these photos. Thank God for these rescuers yet so difficult to look at if the outcome leads to the death of someone. You are such a brave woman Hannah and are to be admired for how you have dealt with and handled this situation over the years. At some point I’m sure you fell apart bit in private with your beautiful animals as your injured soul reached out to your husband as he made the transition from this earthly realm to his life in the great beyond.

  6. Susan Schutz
    February 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm (6 years ago)

    This has to have been the most difficult shoot you have ever done, not technically, but from a deeply personal, emotional point of view. As always, you captured the true hearts of your subjects…and revealed a deeply hurt but healing piece of your own. Your series is a beautiful tribute to those who serve to protect!