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2020 Ice Safety Submission Contest

Michael Jay

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When you fall through, your body responds by taking a large gasp for air. One of the biggest threats when falling through is that your head goes underwater and you inhale water instead of air. Trying to swim in icy water and climb out while recovering from a coughing fit is the first step towards failure. If you donít have a spud, carry your auger sideways when you travel to catch on the ice on the way down to prevent your head from going under. This tip was provided by an old-timer on the unpredictable Bay of Quinte in Ontario.
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fishingful

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If you do go through you will experience the 1/10/1 rule. 1 minute  of uncontrolled  breathing, 10 minutes of meaningful movement and 1 hour till unconscious.

Stay away from culverts, spillways, vegitation that sticks above the ice amd roadways. These areas have current, runoff or warm and erode the ice.


King-fish

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No ice is safe ice first and foremost. Never go on ice less than 4Ē and always wear all safety equipment spikes, ice picks, spud bar, float suit, whistle. Having a life jacket on or a throwable flotation device and rope also a good idea. Always let someone know when and where youíll be fishing and what time your coming back and/or try not to go out alone. Always spud your way out donít assume because someone else said itís safe or that other people are already out there that itís safe. Stay away from water intakes and discharge areas as well. If you do fall in when you pull yourself out with ice picks DONT stand up immediately roll or crawl away from the hole in the direction that you headed from as that ice is presumably safer.


 


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