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Ice still very unsafe, skating body warns

Friday 18 January 2013

The KNSB on Friday warned skaters to beware of thin ice, particularly in areas where snow has covered potential weak areas.

'We have not had nearly enough frost and the snow has spoiled things in many places,' spokesman Ramon Kuipers told Nos television.

A number of people have gone through the ice. The head of the ice club at the Ankeveense lakes south of Amsterdam crashed through the ice up to his waist during a radio interview about ice safety.

One man in Friesland was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia after the ice broke on the Groote Wielen lake.

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Readers' comments (3)

Wow I used to live in minnesota and we always thought ahead before going on the ice. All you need to get out of the water after you fall through the ice is 2 large nails one tied to each end of a string. Wear it around your neck and you use them as ice picks and can pull yourself out. Cheap and a lifesaver!!!!

By Destiny | January 18, 2013 11:58 AM

wow, what a great idea! some thing everyone could do. Thanks 'Destiny.
My children were never given advice about what to do on the ice if they got into problems, it would have been a good idea for the school to teach children to understand the safety aspects of ice skating on natural ice. The only time your helped if you had joined a ice skating club.

By jenny | January 18, 2013 5:23 PM

Wow, Destiny, that's a fantastic idea! Falling through the ice is one of my worst nightmares.

People seem to fall through the ice every year in Holland, though. It just doesn't freeze very much, so when it seems to be getting cold, the Dutch go a little nuts with their skating. I think ice safety needs to be taught a bit better.

By Stupid | January 18, 2013 6:19 PM

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