12 people go through the ice in one week in Haliburton

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HALIBURTON-Haliburton Highlands OPP are reminding residents that no ice is safe after a dozen people went through the ice in one week.

On February 9, 2018 at approximately 3:40a.m., officers with the assistance of Dysart et al Fire Department and Haliburton County Paramedic Services responded to a call pertaining to an ATV that had gone through the ice in the narrows on Grass Lake in the Township of Minden Hills.

Investigation revealed that four males had gone out ice fishing and were travelling together on two snowmobiles and an ATV when the ATV broke through thin ice according to police. Two of the four males were able to pull themselves out of the water while emergency responders extricated the two other males out of the water. Three of the four males were transported to local hospital for hypothermia. Police say the 32 year-old male driver of the ATV was found to have been drinking alcohol. A three day licence suspension was served following a warn range result at the roadside.

This is the third incident in the last week resulting in a total of 12 people falling through thin ice in Haliburton County, police say. In all three incidents none of the individuals were wearing floater suits or carrying ice picks.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP would like to remind the public that “No Ice is Safe Ice” and to avoid driving on frozen lakes and rivers. Areas that may typically be open could appear to be frozen due to a drop in temperature. If it can’t be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand, wear a floater suit and carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always be prepared and travel with safety equipment in the event of an emergency.