Caution on Area Lakes

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call regarding several snowmobiles stuck in deep slush on Trout Lake in Aweres Township on March 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30 pm.
All involved parties made it to safety.
There is risk anytime you travel on waterway ice.
At this time of year ice conditions are beginning to deteriorate quickly. OPP are cautioning all persons venturing out on area lakes to be extremely cautious.
There is a lot of slush on the lakes, ice conditions vary day to day and within different areas of the lake or river and are unpredictable.
Open water incidents leave little in the way of a second chance.
Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
Snowmobilers need to have safety equipment with them every time they head out on the lakes and know how to use them, such as a throw rope and ice picks.
If you do not know the local ice conditions extreme caution is recommended.
Riding responsibly is a personal choice that must be made every time someone starts up their snowmachine. Snowmobilers must use common sense and exercise caution. It could be a life or death decision.