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Truck plunges through ice on Sylvan Lake


Sylvan Lake Fire Department and RCMP warn lake users to stay off thin ice near Marina Bay after a pickup truck broke through on Saturday night.

Two of the four occupants suffered frostbite and one was transported to hospital, said fire chief Cliff Brausen.

The incident occurred where Marina Bay on the lake’s southwest side enters the lake proper.

“We’ve had problems in the past in that area,” said Brausen, referring to an ATV that broke through “in almost exactly the same spot” last year.

Brausen said there are “conflicting ideas” as to why the ice is thin there.

RCMP Const. Shane Mills said “it’s difficult to say what’s going on there.

“There must be some sort of spring or moving water in that area. There are homes nearby and we’re always a little nervous about kids being out there,” he said, adding he saw firemen break through the thin ice from just their body weight during Sunday morning’s truck recovery.

The Marina Bay Homeowners Association is reminding its residents to stay off the ice.

The Town of Sylvan Lake recommends homeowners not make lakeside skating rinks in the area.

It also says its three rinks on the lake near Lakeshore Drive are safe as they’re managed by trained staff who monitor ice depth for safety.

 

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