Staying safe on the frozen lakes

By: NewsCenter 16
By: NewsCenter 16

Imagine taking a dip in Lake Michigan in this bone-chilling weather. Well, that is exactly what members of the U.S. Coast Guard did in St. Joseph Wednesday.

It was a day to prepare for any emergency rescue and yes, getting into the water was part of the process.

Last year the mild winter was not great for ice fishing, but this year seems to be ideal and because of this more fishermen are venturing out on the ice which could mean more accidents.

One of the officers said since Lake Michigan rarely freezes more fishermen are heading to smaller ponds, but no matter where they ice fish, he says you have to be careful.

”Preventative measures are most important so before you do go on the ice you want to make sure it is thick nice solid ice, and when you do go out you want to make sure to have someone with you and again make sure you wear bright colors, have a life jacket on. And another thing you can do is bring ice picks in case you do fall through…” says Executive Petty Officer Steven Ruh.

Officer Ruh also said before you go out on a frozen lake took for any slush, discoloration or snow on the water because that can insulate the ice and make it weak.

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