Officials warn of dangers on ice - WNEM TV 5

Officials warn of dangers on ice

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It may be cold outside, but not quite cold enough for winter enthusiasts to go ice fishing.

Many fisherman have already jumped the gun, but the U.S. Coast Guard says it's too soon. Just three days ago, a man lost his life after falling through the ice.  

That man has been identified as Donald Thorpe. Oakland County officials say the Holly man fell through the ice Monday while fishing on Hartwick Lake.

The Coast Guard says if you're willing to take the risk, prepare for the worst.

If you plan on getting on the ice, make sure you have some key items, including a life jacket, screw drivers and proper clothing, like a dry suit.

Also, low water levels are creating dangerous conditions on the Saginaw Bay. If you plan on breaking out the snowmobile, keep in mind that rocks are protruding through the ice and it could pose a serious danger to drivers. Area residents near Linwood Beach are warning folks to be extra careful.

For pictures of conditions on the ice, click on the link provided to visit the WNEM slideshow page. http://www.wnem.com/slideshow?widgetid=70298

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