IRON COUNTY—Sheriff Mark Valesano warns residents to proceed with caution as ice begins forming on area lakes.
The sheriff reports two incidents last week when residents fell through ice.
The first incident occurred Nov. 26 when a man on Wagner Lake fell through the ice while trying to rescue a dog. A similar incident occurred Nov. 27 when a man broke through the ice on Hagerman Lake.
In that case, the individual was rescued by a neighbor. He was treated for injuries at a local hospital and released. That individual was also rescuing a dog when he fell into the lake.
“With the warm fall, ice conditions should be considered unsafe,” Valesano said. “Currents, springs and changing water levels in reservoirs all have an impact on ice safety.”
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, four inches of ice can hold a person. Five inches of ice can safely hold a snowmobile and 12 to 18 inches of ice are required to safely support a light truck.
“When you venture out on the ice, you should talk to someone familiar with the lake you are going to visit about ice conditions and let someone know where you are going and when you are going to be back,” Valesano said. “It is also a good idea to take a set of ice picks or nails with you to help you get back on the ice in the event you fall in.”
Valesano encourages people to stay off the ice until it becomes safe.