Video to help teach snowmobilers about safety on ice | Lewiston Sun Journal
Ice safety: How thick is safe?
2 inches: one person on foot
3 inches: a group of people traveling single file
7.5 inches: supports a two-ton car
8 inches: supports up to a 2.5-ton light truck
10 inches: supports up to a 3.5-ton truck
12 inches: heavy truck 7 to 8 tons
15 inches: holds up to 10 tons
20 inches: holds up to 25 tons.
Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Two snowmobilers go through open water on Moosehead Lake | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.
The Maine Warden Service offers these tips for ice safety:
• Never guess the thickness of the ice. Check it in several different places by making a test hole, starting at the shore and continuing
as you go out.
• Check the ice with a partner. If alone, wear a lifejacket.
• If ice at the shoreline is cracked or squishy, stay off. Watch out for thin, clear or honeycombed ice. Dark snow and dark ice are other signs of weak spots.
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Warden Service issues
another warning about thin ice
GREENVILLE — The Maine Warden Service has issued another stern warning for people to be vigilant when venturing onto bodies of water as they followed up on reports Thursday that someone was observed struggling in the water near the East Outlet of Moosehead Lake.
Three people on shore reported to wardens Thursday that they had observed a person struggling in the water near Wilsons campground, which prompted a search by game wardens and other law enforcement officers in the region.
Wardens used an airboat to search the water, and Warden Pilot Charlie Later searched from the air after the 2 p.m. report, but they did not see any signs of a person in the water, Deborah Turcotte, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman, said Thursday evening.
Turcotte said while there have been no reports of a missing person, wardens do plan to bring in a dive team today to resume their search of the area where the person reportedly was spotted in the water.
Click on the link for the rest of the story by Diana Bowley of the Bangor Daily News.
Ray Routhier does everybody’s job. Really. He’s a Portland Press Herald staff writer who does unusal jobs found in Maine and then writes about them. Here’s the link to the story he wrote about learning to be an “ice technician.” He got to drive a Zamboni. Sweet!
Maine at Work: Skirting the boards might be easiest part | Portland Press Herald.