Four ice fishermen rescued from ice on Wellers Bay, PEC

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OPP report that there has been yet another dangerous close call in eastern Ontario involving people venturing onto ice.

This one happened shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Prince Edward County.

In a media release, police say four men had been out fishing on the ice of Wellers Bay, nearly a kilometre from shore in the Consecon area.

“The ice they were on separated from shore, leaving them no way to get back,” police state.

Officers with the Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, along with officers from the Quinte West Detachment, OPP Emergency Response Team and OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) team responded to the scene when a concerned resident reported the incident.

Prince Edward Fire and Rescue responded and was able to rescue two of the men using a boat. A helicopter from 424 Search and Rescue Squadron at CFB Trenton was dispatched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and its crew was able to rescue the other two men and bring them to shore.

“There have been several recent incidents across eastern Ontario involving people falling through the ice, including one which tragically resulted in the deaths of two people,” police say.

OPP continue to stress that no ice is safe ice.

“The winter weather has not been typical and ice conditions have been unpredictable and inconsistent,” police state.

Ice is greatly affected by weather, as well as other factors including:

·        Water depth and size of body of water

·        Currents and other moving water

·        Logs, rocks, and shoals absorbing heat from the sun

·        Changing air temperature

Ice does not form at uniform thickness on a body of water. It may look safe, but may not be thick, strong or stable enough to support a person’s weight.

This week’s mild weather will make the ice even less stable.

Children should not play near or on ice covered bodies of water or even cold or fast flowing water.

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