BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the 16th time this season the U.S Coast guard was out on the Penobscot River with their 65-foot cutter.
The Coast Guard is out on the river weekly clearing ice jams and opening up a path for ice to carry downstream to the Penobscot Bay. After the six-man crew stayed overnight on the Penobscot River, the cutter began ramming through about a foot of ice at around 8:00 AM. The captain uses a back and forth ramming method to break through, hitting the ice at 5 to 8 knots. That's between five to ten miles-an-hour
It may not sound fast, but it gets the job done. It's a job that's rewarding for Petty Officer First Class Grant Heffnerwho says that ice cutting is not something you're taught in the U.S Coast Guard.