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Local ice fishermen urged to use caution or end up on thin ice

Members of the Sylvan Beach Fire Department were called out to a water rescue on Oneida Lake Monday. They were notified that an ice fisherman had not returned to shore and that the ice near the shore had broken up.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 10:35 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 11:34 PM

SYLVAN BEACH, NY – Members of the Sylvan Beach Fire Department were called out to a water rescue on Oneida Lake Monday.

They were notified that an ice fisherman had not returned to shore and that the ice near the shore had broken up.

It turns out the person did not actually need to be rescued because he had a way to get off the ice safely.

Sylvan Beach fire Chief Rick Johnson says his department will probably see an increase in these types of rescues as people try to get in some last minute ice fishing before the temperatures get warmer.

He says people need to be aware of their surroundings while they’re out on the ice.

"Watch the weather. It amazes me still that people will be out on ice when it's 60 plus degrees outside and then they are in disbelief when they have to call us to come out and rescue them. I just don't get why they don't get that point through their head. If it's warm outside, the ice you're standing on is probably going to melt."

Johnson says if you do go out on the ice to do some fishing, make sure you let someone know where you’ll be.

Try to know your exact location on the ice, and have a cell phone with you in case you do need to call for help.

Finally, Johnson says to just use plain common sense.

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