Not quite as cool as ice

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As weather on the Great Lakes begins to heat up, the Coast Guard continues to warn those recreating on frozen bodies of water that no ice is safe ice.

Still, over the past weeks, a few hearty outdoorsmen ventured out onto hard water only to learn the hard way that even seemingly thick ice can be dangerous. Check out these shots of vehicles that have fallen through the ice in recent weeks in or around Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods. Although no one was seriously injured during these incidents (perhaps a few egos were shattered), these incidents serve as an expensive reminder that ice has the potential to be life threatening, no matter how thick.

Even in the depths of winter, Great Lakes ice is unpredictable and dangerous. The Coast Guard advises everyone to always check the weather and ice conditions before any trip out onto hard water. Ice thickness is not consistent. Water currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges, inlets and outlets are always suspect for thin ice. Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas for these signify thinner ice.

For additional information on ice safety, click HERE.