Coast Guard warns public to stay off Lake Champlain as ice deteriorates

A Coast Guard Station Burlington ice rescue team trains using an ice rescue shuttle board in Burlington Bay on Lake Champlain, Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The team trains using several different techniques designed to rescue people who have fallen through the ice. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

A Coast Guard Station Burlington ice rescue team trains using an ice rescue shuttle board in Burlington Bay on Lake Champlain. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is urging the public to not walk on Lake Champlain as the ice begins to deteriorate with warmer weather.

Ice may look safe but it is difficult to determine the thickness visually and the increase in warm weather will continue to melt and weaken the ice.

Even in a small area, ice can significantly range in thickness making people or heavy objects susceptible to falling through. Every minute counts when you fall through the ice.

The Coast Guard offers these cold water and ice safety tips:

Remember the acronym ICE, which stands for Information, Clothing and Equipment.

  • Information: Plan ahead! Know the weather and ice conditions. Let a family member or friend know where you will be and when you plan to return home.
  • Clothing: Dress for the water temperature, even if you plan to stay on the ice.
  • Equipment: Carry safety gear; life jacket, light and whistle are essential.

No ice is safe ice!

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