Freezing temperatures have made ice on local lakes over eight inches thick, but caution is always advised

  • Source: Livinglakecountry
  • Published: 01/03/2018 07:46 PM

While caution is taken by many, accidents do happen. In early December, Western Lakes Fire District responded to a dog that fell through Lac La Belle. The department is staffed with 15 divers and has boats in case it needs to make a rescue. Some of the firefighters are trained in ice water diving, while the entire staff is trained in surface water rescue. One of the department's boats is a rapid development craft that resembles a banana boat that is 10 feet long. It fills up with air in less than a minute and fits two firefighters. According to Reed, cars, ATVs, ice shanties and snowmobiles find their way to the bottom of lakes on an annual basis.


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