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Red Deer County asks residents to be careful around thin ice

Red Deer County is reminding residents to be careful around thin ice on waterways and rivers.

Due to current freezing and thawing temperatures, thin ice formation around waterways and rivers may lead to unforeseen dangers of falling through, the county said in a release Friday.

“Staying off the ice even though it may look thick is highly recommended,” said deputy chief Ivan Dijkstra.

Dijkstra said there were two occasions last week when protective services personnel responded to calls where they had to retrieve pets from semi-frozen waters.

Anyone who witnessed someone fall through the ice should call 911 and “never attempt to rescue an individual or pet by yourself that has fallen through the ice,” the county said.

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