Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Law Enforcement
Recent cold temperatures may have some people heading outside for icy activities. Indiana Conservation Officer’s (ICO’s) urge the public to be aware of ‘thin ice’. District 5- ICO Sgt. Chris Springstun adds, “With this Holiday weekend’s predicted warming temperatures, it’s important to ensure our citizens put safety first.”
Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, skating, hiking or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice.
Here are a few tips to remember before going onto a frozen lake or pond:
Depending on conditions, ice can change from several inches thick to nearly open water within a few feet. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water surrounded by sand, often freezes with inconsistencies. Wind, waterfowl and beavers can also keep areas of ice thin.
When participating in any recreational activity on ice, partnering up is a must. Before you head out the door, make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you home. Parents are strongly encouraged to closely monitor all activities their children participate in when on frozen waterways.
A fall into icy water can quickly result in the onset of hypothermia for the victim, which can lead to catastrophic consequences if not treated immediately. If you see a person fall through the ice, call 911 immediately with clear and concise instructions on the location of the victim. Attempts to rescue a victim should only occur after calling 911. Going into the water after a victim should be the last option in a rescue effort.
Know before you go and remember....no ice is safe ice! #indianaico
District Five Post encompasses eight counties in west-central Indiana: Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Greene, and Sullivan.