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Warmer weather means dangerous ice conditions on Saginaw Bay

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(03/31/14) - The warmer, spring weather means dangerous ice conditions on the Saginaw Bay.

Divers have been busy pulling out vehicles that went through the ice over the weekend.

Several incidents were reported this weekend, including a Trailblazer that went through the ice about a mile from Linwood Road. A wrecker service helped get that vehicle out.

A quad runner was four miles south of Palmer Road near Standish, when it went through the ice. The ice there was reportedly four to six inches thick, but it crumbled away in some spots.

No one was hurt in either incident, and authorities aren't sure what those folks were doing when their vehicles went through the ice.

The U.S. Coast Guard says whether they were ice fishing or not, incidents like these should serve as a warning to use extra caution as the temperatures start to warm up.

"It's kind of a risk versus gain outlook on the fishing evolution," said Donald Hamilton, U.S. Coast Guard. "Is it really worth going out and driving your vehicle on the ice or going out to get that one fish or is it worth keeping your life? Persons could be out on the ice and air temperature rises. The wind shift, the ice breaks off, different things that can happen."

Jeff Godie is the manager of the Linwood Beach Marina. He says even though spring is here, there's still a lot of ice in the Bay.

"As much as 30 inches in some spots, a couple miles off shore. The tough part is the shore ice, which tends to deteriorate with sunlight and with the run off we get from the ditches," he said. "It's a day to day situation and you can't take the ice for granted for sure, you got to be careful."

Some people are willing to give up ice fishing for now.

"I fished as recently as last Thursday and Friday, drilled through about 30 inches of ice three miles out, but I'm determined with the warm spell that we're having and rain in the forecast that I'm determined that I'm probably done for the year," Godie said.

Some tips to keep in mind if you are going out on the ice - be sure to let someone know where you're going and when you plan to return. Also, take a GPS device that makes it easier for searchers to find you in an emergency.

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