No ice is safe ice and more proof from the police.
South Simcoe Police is urging residents to stay off the ice as conditions are unsafe and unpredictable.
On Saturday, around 3:30 p.m., police received a 911 call regarding a youth who fell through the ice near the Belle Ewart Government Dock in Innisfil. Other children at the scene managed to get the youth to safety and no one was hurt.
This incident happened a day before two snowmobilers riding on Six Mile Lake in Georgian Bay Township went through the ice.
One sledder was rescued and transported to the hospital, while the body of the second snowmobiler, a 59-year-old Scarborough man, was recovered by OPP divers on Monday.
South Simcoe Police offer the following safety tips:
· Check ice conditions with local hut operators before venturing out for any reason. They are the local experts and know the lake best.
· Remind your children to stay away from creeks, rivers and ditches. Keep pets away too. Fluctuating temperatures will make these areas unsafe.
· Take a cell phone with you in a water proof container in case of emergency.
· Wear a thermal protection buoyant suit to increase your chances of survival if you do go through the ice. Carry ice picks, an ice staff, and rope.
· Always wear a flotation device when walking on lakes and rivers.
· Never go onto the ice alone. A buddy may be able to rescue you or go for help if need be. Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.
-Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgment and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm in cold conditions.
Banner image – supplied – South Simcoe Police -current conditions in Belle Ewart