Wednesday , 25 May 2022
Photo Credit: Priscilla Huppie

Vehicle plunges through ice at Cold Lake Marina

A vehicle plunged through ice into the frigid water at the Cold Lake Marina over the weekend.

On Saturday, March 26, a vehicle went through the ice while traveling on the lake near the marina with two people inside, both were able to escape

“The vehicle remains in place as of right now,” City of Cold Lake Media Relations told Lakeland Connect. “The RCMP and Alberta Environment and Parks were notified.

The owner is very cooperative a spokesperson from the City said, and is working with the City and his insurance company to have the vehicle removed.

“There’s no specific timeline yet for when the vehicle will be removed,” City of Cold Lake Media Relations said.

There were no injuries reported.

Ice Safety Reminder

With spring nearing, many of us winter-worn Canadians are looking forward to warmer temperatures. It’s still important to keep ice safety in mind, especially as milder weather affects most ice conditions.

As an indication of ice strength, check its colour. Clear blue ice is strongest, white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice while opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice. Grey ice is unsafe – the greyness indicates the presence of water.

This time of year brings an environmental factor affecting ice thickness – other factors to affect ice safety include chemicals such as salt; fluctuations in water levels; logs, rocks, and docks absorbing heat from the sun as well as changing air temperature. Shock waves from vehicles travelling on the ice is another factor affecting ice safety.

To learn more about ice safety, such as what to do when you’re alone or with others on ice click here.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.