It May Look Solid - But It Isn't.
O.P.P. has issued a warning to stay off the ice.
Outdoor enthusiasts who are heading north to cottage country for the Easter Weekend should avoid stepping out onto Nottawasaga Bay or venturing too close to the Nottawasaga river. Rivers at this time of year are particularly dangerous as water directly
under the surface may be flowing quickly enough sweep a person or pet
under. Police advise people to stay away from the banks as well.
While many are happy about the recent Spring-like weather, it comes too soon for those who wanted to spend Easter weekend out on the frozen lake. However, the thaw shouldn't deter winter enthusiasts from enjoying some of their favourite activities - just so long as they exercise common sense and stay off the rivers and lakes and stick to the trails or ski hills.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that ice huts on Georgian Bay should have been removed by March 15.
Springtime ice can give ice-surface users a false sense of security,”
stated a police news release. “It may appear solid, (but) it is not.
What To Do If You Fall In
Advice on the internet varies and this is just a few of the more common sense tips that can be found out there.
- Remain calm, catch your breath and control your breathing.
- Climb out the direction from which you came.
- If you have a sharp object (keys, combs, penknife or mini tool), dig into the surface ice to allow yourself a better grip.
- Try to put your body into a horizontal position and begin kicking your feet as though you are swimming.
- Kick, pull, roll: As you kick, pull your body up onto the ice and then roll out of the water.
- Don't stand up! The ice surrounding the break will be weak and may break again. Roll your body away from the hole and onto solid ice before standing.
- Get dry and warm, torso first, then head, followed by the rest of your body. Don't get too close to intense heat sources such as a fire.