Ice caves 'Never safe'

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital City Fire Rescue said it gets a lot of inquiries on whether or not it is safe to explore the Juneau Ice Caves.

In a statement, CCFR said it is never safe to go in the caves.

CCFR also stated that the Mendenhall Glacier has many hazards and some of them are not visible.

They went on to state that between weak spots in the ice can leave to glacier calving.  Other hazards are slick, unstable and steep rocks, the threat of hypothermia, part of the cave roof breaking off onto people and people overexerting themselves causing a medical emergency.

CCFR said if you do have a medical emergency at the caves it can take up to 30 minutes for help to reach you.

A young man slipped and suffered minor injuries at the cave Sunday, he refused medical transport, CCFR said.



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