Man falls through lake ice

Lake Country RCMP responded to a chilly situation Thursday morning when a man fell through the ice on Wood Lake.

  • Jan. 27, 2012 11:00 a.m.

Lake Country RCMP responded to a chilly situation Thursday morning when a man fell through the ice on Wood Lake.

The 51-year-old Kelowna man had gone out on the lake with an inner tube, thinking the ice would be safe.

“Unfortunately, the ice wasn’t thick enough to support him and he fell into the frigid water,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark. “The man was able to pull himself to safety and was checked by paramedics as a precaution.”

Police would like to remind people to never walk on ice that is less than 10-cm (4-in.) thick and do not drive on ice that is less than 30-cm (12-in.) thick.

When in doubt, don’t do it.

“Ice can vary in thickness and strength from area to area because of temperature, water current, springs, snow cover, and time of year,” said Clark.

More ice safety tips can be found online at www.lifesaving.bc.ca.