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Warmer Temperatures Increase Risk On The Ice

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As temperatures get warmer ice gets dangerous.  The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office issued an ice safety alert Tuesday after two juveniles plunged into the Wisconsin River adjacent to Bridge Street in Wausau.  They were trying to cross the river on the ice about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Someone saw them go through the ice, and used a tree branch to help them get out.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public that due to the rapid temperature changes that our area has been experiencing, ice conditions have become increasing hazardous, especially in rivers and streams where there is moving water.

Due to weather conditions at the start of winter, the sheriff’s office says ice conditions in Marathon County have been marginal at best and the warmer temperatures we have been experiencing are contributing to the deterioration of the ice on most bodies of water.

They ask people to exercise caution.  Make sure you have the proper clothing and protective gear such as Personal Flotation Devices and hand held ice safety picks with you.

They say the safest option as the temperatures warm is not to venture out onto the ice, especially at locations where you are not familiar with the ice conditions.

John Burton is the WXPR Morning Edition Host.
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