Officials warn of unsafe ice - WNEM TV 5

Officials warn of unsafe ice

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The Coast Guard is warning ice fisherman and snowmobilers to stay off the Saginaw Bay because the warm weather is creating some dangerous ice conditions.

It seems every year, people ignore those warnings and end up having to be rescued. Rescues that are paid for by community tax dollars. Not everyone thinks they should be.

Curtis Walker is like a lot of ice fishing enthusiasts trying to catch one last walleye before the end of the season. He's aware of the bad ice warning issued by the U.S. Coast Guard for the Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River.

Walker tells TV5 he knows what he's doing. He's even willing to pay in case he needs help. He had a close call recently.

Most ice fishermen TV5 talked to say they don't mind having to pay for being rescued.

"You need to listen to the warnings and that's what they're putting them out there for. No sense in taking a chance," says Walker. "I that it should be included in our license fees and everything. I don't think that I should have to pay for it. You know ice fishing is ice fishing."

Meanwhile, Walker still plans to do a little more fishing. But he knows time is running out.

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