Cold temperatures can still mean unsafe ice: Winnipeg firefighters, paramedics

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews were called to La Salle River in St. Norbert, responding to reports that a snowmobile driver had partially broken through the ice around noon on Saturday.

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With the snowmobile partly submerged, the driver was unable to escape to safety and called 911 from a cell phone.

The WFPS Water Rescue team arrived, and through the use of specialized water rescue equipment, was able to bring the driver safely back to shore.

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The snowmobile driver was assessed by paramedics and was taken to hospital after suffering from mild hypothermia.

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Residents are reminded that even in very cold weather, all waterways — including rivers, streams and retention ponds — can be unsafe.

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Only waterways which are monitored for ice safety should be used for recreational activities.

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Some ice surfaces are thin and fragile, and falling into ice-cold water can be deadly.

Updated ice conditions for City-run facilities can be found at City of Winnipeg – Parks and Open Space.

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