Comments for: There’s ‘no safe ice’ on Maine lakes, rivers and ponds, officials say

Posted Jan. 02, 2013, at 2:14 p.m.

FORT KENT | Those whose business it is to monitor ice conditions on Maine’s lakes, rivers and ponds are saying this week there is no safe ice in the state. “It really is the case there is no safe ice in Maine,” Doug Rafferty, spokesman with the Maine Department …

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  • Anonymous

    Will global warming eventually mean the end of ice fishing in Maine?

    • Anonymous

      It just might…LOL

    • Anonymous

      Yes Al gores coming up next winter for surfing and beach party’s

    • Henderson bobby

      Not in my lifetime.

  • Woodsman

    They can say the ice isnt safe everyday and stupid people will still go on it. Why is it called common sense when it isnt very common?

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately they used a picture of a warden w/ his snowmobile on the ice…therefore a handful of people are going to assume that means the ice is fine for people and snowmobiles.

      Part of me is kidding, the other part isn’t.

      • Anonymous

        lol,, first thing i thought to,, heh heh,, a lot of thought went in to this pic!

      • Anonymous

        It’s not a warden in the picture.

        • Anonymous

          It is Ranger

        • Either way he’s on the ice which is the point.

  • Anonymous

    Check it before you try it, ice isn’t that thick everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone that goes out snowmobiling and going to cross bodies of water would be wise to invest in an Insulated Floatation Suit …..(ice fishermen also)……….. granted they are expensive, around $400, but what is your life worth ………………………

  • HalseyTaylor

    NEVER DO THIS say the game wardens! Wrong picture.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen years when people drove their trucks on eagle lake by mid-december. Other years they would have to wait until mid-january. Global warming is not something that started recently; it began thousands of years ago. I can remember back in the 40’s when it rained on Xmas day and no snow on the ground in northern maine; I was very concerned that Santa would not show up.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for trying to politicize a thoroughly non-political thread.

  • Peter Hyatt

    The temps are great for ice making; they just need to be patient a bit longer and let it thicken.
    I agree with Sean.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it seems that a lot of people think that ice freezes quicker than it actually does, or don’t realize its not instantaneous and it takes a while for ice to freeze.

      Hey, what do you expect when we live in an immediate country? People do not want to wait around. People want their quick fixes.

  • Anonymous

    Never go on ice you have not checked this early in the season. In a couple of weeks it will be better.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen people snowmobiling across the lake. I’d hate to check out my beautiful view one day only to see someone going under knowing help won’t arrive before they drown.

  • Anonymous

    All of that info out there and each year someone feels, “it’ll never happen to me”. Each year a “me” goes under the ice. I can’t think of a more horrific way to go other than being a fireman trying to rescue one of these folks.

  • Anonymous

    They should close the lakes till they are safe. Anyone caught on the ice should be issued a ticket. I know this sounds ridiculous but if it saves lives then it should be done. A boy lost his mother on the ice the other night and it appears that three men were lost in the same area. People need to be smart and stay off the ice until they hear from state officials that the ice is safe. When you hear varying reports it does not mean that it is safe.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think state officials want to get in on the business of telling us when it’s safe, that creates a whole mess of problems and liability. I remember hearing last year that a couple trucks went through the ice when there was plenty to hold them. Just hit a bad spot and in they went. People should use common sense and not push their luck.

    • Anonymous

      Hundreds of people went ice fishing yesterday and nobody went through.

      • Anonymous

        Must be fine then EVERYONE BACK ON THE ICE BUSHFAN SAID ITS OKAY

        • Anonymous

          If you are smart you are safe, if you are stupid you are not. Stay off the ice CNN.

  • Anonymous

    Drive to Ellsworth and look at Lucerne(Phillips) its wide open in spots and its a small lake compared to Rangeley

  • Anonymous

    This article is all over the place. Very poorly written.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that sled is equipped with an inflatable floatation device because there appears to be open water between it and the shore.

  • Anonymous

    “NO SAFE ICE” Yet there he is, on the ice with a snowmobile; you can see OPEN WATER just behind him! REDUNDANT MUCH? Not too bright!

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os7iRCI74OM

    Please watch this informative video about what to do if you fall through the ice. It could save your life.

  • Anonymous

    75 people so far actually have said they have been on the ice this year in the above poll. What the heck is wrong with people!!

  • Anonymous

    you can explain things to idiots, but you can’t understand it for them.

  • JohnR

    :-)

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os7iRCI74OM

    Please watch this informative video about what to do if you fall through the ice. It could save your life.

  • miked

    where was this headline a few weeks ago..But no,,, lets wait unti there are lives lost, then put a big article in the paper that the ice not safe.. U guys are rite on top of it..

  • Anonymous

    No reason to walk, drive, or motor across any body of water, full ice or not, anytime.
    Respect nature.

  • Scott Harriman

    “There’s ‘no safe ice’ on Maine lakes, rivers and ponds, officials say”

    Then why has the Ranger driven his snowmobile on the ice with open water visible nearby and is apparently not wearing a survival suit or even a PFD?

  • Jack Torrence

    i like going across lakes but if the ice isn’t safe – by that I usually gauge if theres snowmobile tracks, foot traffic i don’t go

  • Jerry LaChance

    Listen, what they are saying is that not all the ice is safe. It’s that way pretty much every year. Most of the ponds up my way are pretty well frozen. The idea here is to be smart. Don’t trust the ice just because there is a snowmobile track on it. When you hear of people going through the ice it’s always snowmobilers, not ice fishermen. They tend to just follow the trail in front of them. If you see someone fishing then ask them how much ice there is. They pay attention. There is plenty of safe ice available, just be smart about it.

  • Anonymous

    I think that the poll should ask if you would normally go on the ice. The way that I see it a lot of the people voting would not go on the ice anyhow. I have been on the ice and it is about ten inches thick with 2 inches of slush ( yesterday) and 6 inches of new snow. I don’t believe in driving on it no matter what the thickness. I’ll leave that for the more adventurist people.

  • Anonymous

    Touche’ Mr. Stark, my sentiments exactly. Common sense needs to take place here and not looking to blame someone else for their stupidity.

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