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Firefighters called to ensure safety of youth on cracking ice

UPDATE: The youth was rescued in care of PEC fire and en route to shore, possibly suffering hypothermia and will be examined by EMS.

NOON: Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue was called Thursday at lunch time to assist a 15-year-old to safety from cracking ice. The caller indicated the youth had not gone through the ice, but the ice was cracking in the area. Crews were called from two stations to go to Weller’s Bay in the area of Blakely Road.

Firefighters are urging everyone to keep ice safety in mind as the temperatures turn colder.

With changing weather conditions, it can be hard to tell the strength or thickness of ice by its appearance.

The County fire department says that when dealing with ice, keep these safety tips in mind:
– When walking or skating on ice, ensure it is at least 4 inches thick for safe activities.
– Assess the ice’s quality and thickness regularly, as it can vary based on weather and temperature.
– Stay away from unfamiliar or potentially weak ice, such as near moving water or areas with vegetation.
– Wear proper safety gear, such as a life jacket or ice picks, when venturing onto frozen bodies of water.
– Always let someone know your plans and where you will be when heading onto the ice for any activity. You should not venture out onto the ice alone.
– If you are ever in doubt about the conditions of the ice, do not go out.

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