SOUTH STORMONT —The driver of a Jeep was uninjured yesterday evening as his vehicle broke through the ice on Hoople Creek, just off the St. Lawrence River near Ingleside.
The 74-year-old man was pulled through the window of the “partially submerged” vehicle by another man who saw what happened and sprang into action at the popular ice-fishing spot, according to Constable Tylor Copeland. The 20-year-old rescuer removed the older man from the Jeep and assisted him safely to shore. SD&G OPP officers responded to the call at 5:11 p.m., Jan. 17.
Part of the vehicle remained sticking out of the water until its retrieval the next day, according to Copeland, when asked about the water’s depth where the Jeep broke through.
Many ice fishing enthusiasts drive motor vehicles, snowmobiles or ATVs to their fishing huts. But the SD&G OPP remind citizens to take precautions on waterways during winter months due to fluctuating temperatures.
- Don’t trust the ice—always be aware of the thickness and quality of ice to reduce risk of breaking through, Where ice is checked for thickness, obey posted signs on when and where ice surface is acceptable for activities.
- Avoid any open holes in lakes and rivers.
- Avoid traveling on any ice in non-daylight hours.
- Be aware of currents and/or tides as these locations cannot be trusted to have consistent ice thickness.
- Ensure a minimum ice thickness of 15 cm before carrying out any activities on the surface — or 30 cm if there is snow on the ice.
- Wear a flotation device and cold protection suit, even if you’re fishing from shore or on thick ice.
- Carry rescue equipment including ice picks, a rope, a cell phone (in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit. Also consider carrying a flashlight, waterproof matches/lighter, tool kit, candles and survival blanket.
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