Once the hole has been cut
and ice removed if possible (as here) or pushed down under the
surface if the blocks are too heavy - it's time to send a diver
from one hole to the other with a rope. Usually two divers
are sent down, in this case one of these guys has done it before
and for the other it's his first time.
A skidoo drives from one hole
to the next, so the tracks can be seen through the ice as a
lighter strip. The divers follow this at a depth of 5-10m and
surface through the second hole. The rope is then secured at
both ends to a stake hammered into the ice.
This only needs to be done the
once, these holes can be used until the ice breaks up.
Paul Ward -
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