Warning issued regarding thin ice

(WTNH) — Right now, the temperature is hovering above freezing. That’s not enough for solid ice.

Joe Ploof has been looking at the ice and the thermometer, and he’s seeing too much red. The jagged broken ice in Griswold tells a tragic story.

Over the weekend, 56-year-old John Dubois disappeared after riding a snowmobile out on Pachaug Pond. His body has not yet been recovered.

DEEP Colonel Kyle Overturf says the state is issuing an ice warning.

“Even though it might seem safe, we have not had enough cold nights yet for people to go out on the ice [for] ice fishing, snowmobiling on their ATVs, things like that,” he explained.

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With the warm fall, Colonel Overturf says if you plunge into the water, it is very difficult to get back to shore.

“Once you go through, it will keep breaking and it is very difficult to get yourself back up on,” Colonel Overturf said.

Another problem with the warm weather is that the ice is uneven and can be open in spots, so it’s best to stay off it for now.

“Don’t go after a pet that is out on the ice, try and call them back,” Colonel Overturf stated. “And if you’re out ice fishing, we highly recommend people wear a float coat.”

DEEP recommends at least four inches of ice are needed to be safe before venturing out.

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