Thin Ice Warnings: Snowmobile riders plunge into Lake Winnipeg

CBC reported this week that 2 men, aged in their 50’s were snowmobiling on Lake Winnipeg near a place called Victoria Beach when they went through the ice and into the frigid water. Both men pulled themselves to safety and were treated for what we assume was hypothermia.

“Apparently” the locals know of this area as a risky spot with ice thickness varying from solid and thick to extremely thin and dangerous. We’re not sure if the two snowmobilers knew of this iffy ice.

Again, here’s our chart showing ice conditions:

“In searching news articles for,” says Pete Bowman “the vehicles falling through the ice issue is even more prevalent than I thought. Manitoba has had a rough go of it so far this year and I can imagine we don’t hear of more incidents in other provinces”

The obvious message here is, think responsibly and if you have any inkling that the ice may be thin or soft in areas, stay off. Also, remember these 11 Ice Fishing Safety Tips.

Click here for the CBC article

One Reply to “Thin Ice Warnings: Snowmobile riders plunge into Lake Winnipeg”

  1. Oh the horror! It’s like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Canadian species of the now well known Stupidsillyus has risen once again from the aquatic depths. It’s obnoxious winter attraction to thin ice has made it world famous. The mathematical equivalent of E=MC² it ain’t !
    Have these people no shame? Can they not comprehend the perilous aspects of Physics.

    Reactionary Force :
    As described by the third of Newton’s laws of motion of classical mechanics, all forces occur in pairs such that if one object exerts a force on another object, then the second object exerts an equal and opposite reaction force on the first – or at least that is the idea. The third law is also more generally stated as: “To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.” The attribution of which of the two forces is the action and which is the reaction is arbitrary. Either of the two can be considered the action, while the other is its associated reaction.

    Any mass on earth is pulled down by the gravitational force of the earth; this force is also called its weight. The corresponding ‘reaction’ is the gravitational force that mass exerts on the planet.

    Supported Mass :
    If the object is supported so that it remains at rest, for instance by a cable from which it is hanging, or by a surface underneath, or by a liquid on which it is floating, there is also a support force in upward direction (tension force, normal force, buoyant force, respectively). This support force is an ‘equal and opposite’ force; we know this not because of Newton’s third law, but because the object remains at rest, so that the forces must be balanced.

    Get it? Me either. But you will once you are foolish enough to venture out onto thin ice.

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