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Police warning of unsafe conditions on Lake Simcoe following separate incidents

Lake Simcoe. York Police

York Regional police’s marine unit is reminding residents that ice conditions on Lake Simcoe and other waterways are dangerous and unpredictable.

The warning comes after a snowmobile went through the ice this past weekend.

The two riders made it safely to shore, but their snowmobile sank and has not yet been recovered. Earlier this month, a dog and its owner went through the ice on Bond Lake in Oak Ridges.

The owner was able to get out safely, but the dog was never located.

Police stress Lake Simcoe and surrounding waterways still have large sections of open water and as new ice continues to form, it can be relatively thin.

“Remember no ice is ever completely safe. Any individual enjoying recreational activities near a body of water must make a personal decision to do so, realizing that there is a degree of risk associated with this choice,” officers said.

Citizens are reminded to keep pets and children away from shorelines, riverbanks, and ponds as ice and increasing water flows present a clear danger.

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