Be wary about travel on ice this winter, Peterborough OPP says

Ontario Provincial Police press release

PETERBOROUGH COUNTY– Officers from Peterborough County Detachment and members of the Smith-Ennismore Fire Department are reminding everyone yet again that no ice can be considered 100% safe for travel by any motorized recreational vehicle, automobile or truck at this time of year.

Due to unseasonably inconsistent weather, the ice conditions on the majority of the County’s lakes and rivers should not be considered safe.

Two vehicles in the past 48 hours have gone through the ice on Chemong Lake but both drivers escaped without serious injury.

Those persons using their personal vehicles for access to ice fishing huts or for travel across the lake are strongly advised to reconsider before venturing out onto the ice.

Truck through the ice

SMITH-ENNISMORE_LAKEFIELD- – On Thursday February 9, 2012 at approximately 6:45 P.M. Smith Ennismore Fire Department, Peterborough County OPP and Peterborough County Ambulance responded to a vehicle that had gone through the ice on Chemong Lake between the 12th Line of Smith and Curve Lake First Nation.

The victims were travelling on the ice road between Curve Lake and Bridgenorth when their vehicle broke through and entered the lake. The two male occupants escaped the vehicle into the water as it began to submerge and were rescued by a local resident and Township firefighters after approximately 30 minutes.

Both males were treated for exposure by paramedics and released.

The vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, sank completely with no access for removal by a tow service and Ministry of the Environment has been notified.

Due to poor ice conditions the public is reminded to consider all travel on area lakes andrivers, whether on foot or by vehicle, hazardous.

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