Coast Guard warning Saginaw Bay residents of upcoming ice-breaking activity

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DETROIT — The Coast Guard is advising Saginaw Bay residents that the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay is scheduled to conduct ice-breaking operations in Saginaw Bay Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard is advising residents and visitors that any ice in the area may be particularly unstable and dangerous.

The cutter is scheduled to conduct the initial fracture of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel, from Gravelly Shoal to the entrance of the Saginaw River.

All efforts are being made to limit the impact on winter activities on the ice, however the Coast Guard advises everyone to stay clear of this area.

Anyone participating in ice activities on the Great Lakes should follow the acronym of I.C.E.:

*   Information about current weather and ice conditions. Tell a friend of your intended destination. Know who and how to call for help.

*   Clothing that is appropriate for the activity. Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Choose bright colors and reflective garments to aid searchers if you should end up needing help.

*   Equipment to be safer on the ice. Always bring a life jacket, a compass or GPS, a means of communication, such as a marine radio, and screw drivers or ice picks, which may allow you to pull yourself out of the water should you break through.

Cutter Neah Bay is a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Cleveland.

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