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Thin Ice Can Have Dangerous Consequences

by Shanine Sealey

https://martensvillemessenger.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/rescue.jpgAlthough when we look outside, it has the appearance of being full-blown winter, we have to remember that it is still early in the season. With that in mind, it is important to be cautious around open water and to stay off of our local ponds.

“We haven’t been out to check the ice yet, and at this point, there really is no ice. It has been cold, but not cold enough for us to be going out and doing testing just yet, so we want to remind residents to stay off of the ice,” Deputy Fire Chief Dean Brooman explained.

With the recent snowfall, Brooman added that the snow provides insulation, which makes it even harder for the ice to form any kind of thickness. In some areas, it can be deceiving; however, it is dangerous and can lead to a scary situation.

On Monday, November 16th, Corman Park Police Service (CPPS) posted about an incident that occurred at Furdale Dog Park in Saskatoon. Police, Fire and EMS responded to 911 calls regarding a female that had fallen through the ice after trying to rescue her dog that had also fallen through. “The female floated down the river, and was rescued by a patron of the dog park,” CPPS stated via social media.

CPPS, RCMP, Saskatoon Fire and EMS attended the scene and rescued the female via boat as she was unable to move under her own power. “Saskatoon Fire brought a boat from the city, and retrieved the female, and brought her to the Broadway boat launch. She was transferred into an ambulance and taken to hospital. The female is in stable condition. The dog was retrieved from the river and in good condition.” CPPS also added a reminder to the public to stay away from the river and stay off of the ice.

PHOTO CAPTION: On Monday, November 16th, a female fell through the ice into the river at Furdale Park in Saskatoon. Police are reminding people to stay off of the ice. (Corman Park Police Services)

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