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8 men go through the ice Friday in two lake accidents in Haliburton

HALIBURTON — Emergency crews here were called within five hours to two near-drowning incidents involving eight men out on the water late Friday afternoon and night.

In the first incident, provincial police say that on February 2 at about 4:45 p.m, officers from the Haliburton Highlands OPP, with the assistance of Minden Hills Fire Department, Algonquin Highlands Fire Department and Haliburton County Paramedic Services responded to a report of a snowmobile and an ATV that had gone through the ice on Twelve Mile Lake in the Township of Minden Hills.

Four males were travelling together on a snowmobile and ATV to drill holes for ice fishing when they broke through thin ice.

Three of the four males were able to pull themselves out of the water while a bystander threw a rope out to the fourth male and was able to pull him out of the water.

All four males were transported to local hospital by paramedics for precautionary reasons.

Just hours later, emergency crews were called back out at 9:20 p.m.

They responded to a call pertaining to a side-by-side vehicle that had gone through the ice on Boshkung Lake in the Township of Algonquin Highlands.

The male driver and the three male passengers that had entered the water were able to extricate themselves and made their way towards shore prior to emergency services arrival.

Upon speaking with the 35 year-old male driver, officers had determined he had been consuming alcohol.

A three-day driver’s licence suspension was served following a warn range result at the road side test.

No injuries were reported.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP would like to remind the public that “No Ice is Safe Ice” and to avoid driving on frozen lakes and rivers. Areas that may typically be open could appear to be frozen due to a drop in temperature.  If it can’t be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand, wear a floater suit and carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always be prepared and travel with safety equipment in the event of an emergency.

They would also  like to remind the public to never drive impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs, even prescription and over the counter drugs can slow your reaction time and affect your ability to make good decisions. If convicted of impaired driving on a snowmobile, you will lose your driving privileges for all types of vehicles including motor vehicles, commercial vehicles and motorcycles.

An always be prepared and travel with safety equipment in the event of an emergency.


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