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OPP Warning About Ice Safety After Four Men Rescued While Fishing

ONTARIO-Police say there has been another dangerous situation in eastern Ontario with people venturing onto the ice.

Four men had been out fishing on the ice of Wellers Bay, nearly a kilometre from shore in the Consecon area shortly after 5:00 p.m. on February 21.  The ice they were on separated from the shore, leaving them no way to get back.

Officers with the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, along with officers from the Quinte West Detachment, OPP Emergency Response Team and OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) team responded to the scene when a concerned resident reported the incident.

Prince Edward Fire and Rescue responded and was able to rescue two of the men using a boat. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched a helicopter from 424 Search and Rescue Squadron at CFB Trenton and its crew was able to rescue the other two men and bring them to shore.

There have been several recent incidents across eastern Ontario involving people falling through the ice, including one which tragically resulted in the deaths of two people.

The OPP continues to stress that no ice is safe ice.

The winter weather has not been typical and ice conditions have been unpredictable and inconsistent.

Ice is greatly affected by weather, as well as other factors including:

·        Water depth and size of body of water

·        Currents and other moving water

·        Logs, rocks, and shoals absorbing heat from the sun

·        Changing air temperature

Ice does not form at a uniform thickness on a body of water. It may look safe but not be thick, strong or stable enough to support a person’s weight according to police.

This week’s mild weather will make the ice even less stable.

Children should not play near or on ice covered bodies of water or even cold or fast flowing water.


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