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Ice safety reminder following recovery of partially submerged vehicle

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a vehicle partially through the ice in the area of Smokes Point Road in Ameliasburgh, Saturday.

Following confirmation no one was in the vehicle, it was removed by a tow truck.

OPP and emergency service warn residents that many ice surfaces in the area are not thick enough to safely support people, and vehicles due to erratic temperatures this winter.

“Please make the safe decision to staff off the ice,” said Const. Aaron Miller, Community Safety officer with Prince Edward OPP. “Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.”

Thick ice may also be weak if it contains layers of water or has been frozen and thawed repeatedly.

He noted that for those who do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice-covered bodies of water. Possibilities include wearing survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

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