Twelve RCMP officers spent five frigid hours in and out of frozen water on Paint Lake as temperatures dropped below -47 C as part of a training course on ice rescue.
The RCMP released a statement about the ordeal they put their officers through to show they take rescuing people seriously.
"Officers were equipped with dry suits (and) spent close to five hours in and out of the frigid waters at Paint Lake. They were required to enter the cold water through a hole cut in the ice. Some of the officers, wearing everyday winter gear, entered the water without a dry suit in order to gain experience and understanding of what is required in order to protect those that we serve, and ourselves," the RCMP said in a statement Monday.
The training was part of a two-day course on ice rescue and safety conducted in Thompson.
Paint Lake is 37 kilometres south of Thompson.