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Coast Guard reminds anglers no ice is safe ice

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(12/28/13) - Mid-Michigan's winter weather isn't bothering everyone. Many people are taking advantage of the cold and ice. Ice fisherman have started to venture out. It's a popular winter past time in Michigan.

The Saginaw River in Bay County has lots of shanties up. People are braving the elements to catch some fish. The anglers stay on the ice for hours and take several safety precautions. They wear special clothing and carry special equipment. So far, they say conditions appear to be good. But the U.S. Coast Guard warns, conditions are always dangerous and no ice is safe ice.

"The Great Lakes ice is unpredictable it may be four inches in one area and 12 inches in another, as long as they take the precautions that they need to, it's perfectly fine for them to go out," said Ed Hines, petty officer with the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard hasn't had any emergencies on the ice in Mid-Michigan this season, but officers offer this ICE advice:

Intelligence: Take someone out with you, or let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return in case of an emergency.

Clothing: Dress in layers to stay warm, and wear a life jacket on the ice.

Equipment: Aside from your fishing gear, be sure to pack your cell phone with a waterproof case, a handheld radio, and screw drivers. Screw drivers can be used to dig into ice if you accidentally fall through.

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