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Police warn of dangerous ice conditions after rescuing 3 anglers

York Regional Police say the ice on Lake Simcoe is unsafe and advise people to stay off
York Regional Police's 24-foot airboat the Dawaabin, which patrols Lake Simcoe.

Ice fishers are warned to stay off Lake Simcoe, after York Regional Police rescued three people last week. 

In a tweet, YRP said, "If our 24-foot airboat the Dawaabin is your ride home, you've probably not had a good day ice fishing. That was the case for 3 over-eager anglers last week on Lake Simcoe."



It warned that conditions are dangerous and advised peopled to stay off the ice. 

Police shared a video from March 2021 to remind residents about unsafe ice conditions. In that video, police had also been rescuing people with the air boat after they ended up on a ice flow and drifted to an island in the lake with no way back. 



Staff Sgt. Aaron Busby with the marine unit said, "No ice is safe ice." 

Ice with patches is especially dangerous, Busby said, as once an ice flow has broken off, it will continue to break and get smaller, even if the ice is thick enough to support your weight. 

However, for anyone who is ice fishing or snowmobiling, he encourages you to wear a full floater suit and something to keep you dry and warm, to keep a fully charged cellphone in a waterproof container, know where you are going and make sure someone else knows where you'll be, and plan ahead. 

Elizabeth Keith

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