OPP are reminding all surface users that with the recent cold temperatures not as much ice may have formed as you may think.
This, along with changing water conditions such as wind and water levels, has created some very dangerous ice conditions that exist on Georgian Bay.
On January 9th near the noon hour, a 34 year old Penetanguishene man ventured onto the ice at Midland Point on his snowmobile heading for Honey Harbour. He and his machine went into open water and the driver had a near death experience, saved only by his floater suit and a resident who was at home when the driver came to his door and provided life-saving care. He was subsequently taken to hospital.
The driver survived and emergency services personnel strongly suggest that if you must go out on the ice you should have the proper equipment such as a floater suit, ice picks, a throw line, GPS and/or cellphone are extremely important should you break through the ice surface.