Coast Guard Station Burlington trains, warns against ice dangers on Lake Champlain

d9BOSTON — Crews at Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, are urging Lake Champlain locals and visitors to use extreme caution on the lake and surrounding waters this weekend.

With more snow forecasted, unsafe ice may be hidden from view and poses greater danger than normal as the added weight of the snow decreases density of the ice. “The thing folks need to recognize is that while beautiful and enjoyable, ice is also deadly – especially when conditions like these exist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Knight, officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Burlington.

Additionally, the Coast Guard offers the following safety tips:

  • Remember ICE: Information, Clothing, and Equipment. People are encouraged to research information about the weather conditions, wear appropriate clothing, and never go out onto the ice without proper safety equipment. A Coast Guard approved life jacket and ice picks or other tools can help victims pull themselves from the ice if they fall through.
  • Never go out onto the ice alone. Travel in pairs, staying several yards apart to ensure that if the ice opens both individuals don’t fall through.
  • Always tell someone when, where, and with whom you are going out onto the ice.
  • Carry a registered personal locator beacon in addition to a marine radio to alert the Coast Guard and other local agencies of potential distress.

“The best thing people can do is to be prepared. By having the right safety equipment such as visual distress signals, life jackets, and proper clothing people can have both a safe and enjoyable outing,” said Knight.

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