Coast Guard warns increasing temperatures, rain may lead to hazardous ice conditions

Essexville, Mich. - Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jason Betzing waits for a fellow Coast Guardsman to rescue him from a hole in the ice-covered Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron during ice rescue training Jan. 25, 2011. The training is part of a four-day school where Coast Guard men and women come to the Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence at Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., to learn the proper techniques for rescuing people on ice-covered bodies of water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office Lauren Jorgensen

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Coast Guard advises all Great Lakes citizens and visitors who recreate on the ice to be aware of possible unstable ice due to warming temperatures this weekend.

“Any persons on the ice should be aware of the potential hazardous conditions,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Matthew Clark of the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Command Center.

The National Weather Service forecast predicts increasing temperatures and rain over the weekend. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s. The combination of the warmer temperatures and rainfall may cause hazardous conditions on the ice.

The Coast Guard reminds all citizens that ice is dangerous and unpredictable, especially during seasonal temperature transitions.

To encourage awareness and personal responsibility for safety, the Coast Guard recommends everyone abide by the following tips:

I – Intelligence
C – Clothing
E – Equipment

Intelligence – know the weather and ice conditions, know where you’re going, and know how to call for help.

Clothing – have proper clothing to prevent hypothermia.

– have proper equipment: marine radio, life jackets, screw drivers/ice picks, etc.

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