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Police say no ice is safe ice

North Bay OPP is reminding the public that no ice is safe ice after they received a call about an ice shack that went through the ice.

They got the call yesterday about the sinking shack on the south side of Callander bay yesterday.

No injuries were reported, but the OPP is asking to always be aware of ice thickness during the winter months.

OPP is also reminding snowmobilers to ride safely on the lake.

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“No ice is ‘safe ice’,” said Constable Phil Young, East Algoma OPP. “Underlying water currents or air pockets can create thin ice, even in the coldest temperatures. Snowmobilers can’t see this until it’s too late.”

Speed, alcohol/drug consumption, riding on unsafe ice, losing control, and other poor decisions unfortunately still account for numerous injuries and/or fatalities. These factors change very little from year to year.

“The OPP reminds snowmobilers of the importance of making smart choices. Riding sober, slowing down, avoiding unfamiliar lakes and rivers whenever possible, using prescribed snowmobile trails, and being extra cautious at night, just to name a few,” finished Young.

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