Even before his flight training at Hovercraft Training Centers, Sgt. Rick Holtgrave of the Branch County Sheriff’s Department in Coldwater, Michigan knew that there are no reliable alternatives to hovercraft as the best rescue vehicle for his team’s dangerous missions on icy Lake Michigan: "We're just screwed if we have to go out on a bad ice,” he said, “There is no other equipment. Otherwise, we'd just be pushing boats and ropes and hoping for the best."
In the following article published in Michigan’s Shoreline Magazine, Sgt. Holtgrave and Sheriff John Pollack detail how their Neoteric hovercraft makes ice rescues much easier – and safer …
Branch County hovercraft can help make ice rescues safer
by Christy Hart-Harris