Ice Warning Re-Issued After Snowmobiler’s Death

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 15:27



An expert with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority says ice levels on all lakes in the North should be checked very closely before anyone ventures across them.


The warning comes just days after a 19-year-old snowmobiler from Southend died after falling through the ice.


The watershed authority first raised the alarm about the condition of northern lakes and rivers in early December.


Doug Johnson says ice levels on northern lakes haven’t thickened as normally would be expected at this time of year.


He says conditions on the ice will change only if there is a deep freeze across the North.


Johnson says everyone should use extreme caution when deciding if the ice surface is thick enough to sustain heavy loads, especially if travelling across with a vehicle.