Coast Guard rescue exercise today emphasizes dangerous ice conditions due to warm weather

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United States Coast Guard ice training exercises on the St. Marys River near Lime Island. Photo: U.S.G.C.

Coast Guard urges caution when recreating on or around ice due to warming weather

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging recreational users of area waterways to use extreme caution due to dangerous ice conditions. While performing an ice rescue exercise on the St. Mary’s River today, participants noticed that warmer temperatures were resulting in rapidly deteriorating ice conditions.

The USCG has seen a significant warming trend on the Great Lakes, and warmer
weather is forecasted for the foreseeable future. These temperatures are causing ice conditions to rapidly deteriorate throughout the area, making traversing the ice extremely hazardous.

United States Coast Guard ice training exercises on the St. Marys River near Lime Island. Photo: U.S.G.C.

“Ice conditions are always changing and are very difficult to determine,” said Captain Amy Florentino, Deputy Sector Commander. “In many locations the ice conditions are becoming extremely dangerous, and we urge everyone to heed warnings from local authorities to avoid placing themselves at risk.”

While the Coast Guard does not regulate the use of ice bridges or recreational activities on the ice, they are urging people to remain vigilant and understand that no ice is safe ice.