Children reported playing on river ice

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Within minutes of an emergency call about kids playing on the North Saskatchewan River ice, a line of emergency vehicles were on their way to the west flat.

 

The police, paramedics and fire department members that arrived said that they were told a child as young as about nine was reportedly seen playing on the ice.

This isn’t the first time, one officer said, noting that they received a similar call last year.

The same as last year, emergency personnel were unable to locate the children.

A couple hours prior to the call Parkland Ambulance director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk issued a media release urging people to stay away from ice.

“Stay away from the shoreline and remind your children to do the same,” he wrote, noting that the spring melt has made conditions dangerous not only on the North Saskatchewan River, but every surface of water, from lakes to dugouts.

“If you are the first to help someone who may have fallen through the ice be sure to call for help,” Karasiuk urges.

“Stay on shore and use what ever you can rope, tree limb, booster cables to extend your reach and pull the other person to shore. Do not attempt to rescue anyone by going out onto the ice yourself.” 

Geographic location: North Saskatchewan River

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