Outdoor enthusiasts urged to use extreme caution on ice surfaces

By Vanessa Ybarra
April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Search and Rescue is reminding people to use caution on area lakes following the death of two fishermen earlier this week.

The bodies of two Kamloops men, aged 61 and 66 were located and recovered from Red Lake Wednesday afternoon.

They had been ice fishing on the lake when they fell through.

According to Kamloops Search and Rescue Manager Alan Hobler, rising temperatures this time of year makes ice surfaces extremely dangerous.

"This time of year the lake freezes and melts with the increased sunshine," said Hobler. "It radiates off the bottom of the lake and can actually melt the ice from the underside. Even though you think you know the lake and you've been there before, the reality is it's very dangerous and please don't anybody go out there."

Hobler says river ice surfaces are even more treacherous than lakes, adding Kamloops Fire Rescue has been called out to multiple ice rescue on the Thompson River in the past few months.

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