KIPLING - A recent spat of warm weather has caused sections of ice on Little Bay de Noc to begin deteriorating.
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Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg is reminding residents to avoid thawing lakes and rivers in the wake of recent unseasonably warm temperatures. Should you find yourself on thin ice Ballweg offers the following tips:
If you hear a crack and you are in a group, spread out. Everyone should immediately lie down to distribute the weight on the ice more evenly, then crawl on your belly to safer ice.
Should someone fall through the ice, do not run to the hole. Call 911 and then use a pole, branch, or other long object to try and reach the victim.
If you fall through the ice, stay calm. Call out for help and kick your feet while getting hands and arms up onto safer ice. Ice picks or screwdrivers can help you get a grip on the ice. Continue to swim up onto the ice until you can crawl or roll out onto the ice to safety.