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« on: February 22, 2011, 10:13:09 PM »

Lac-Brome -  The mild weather of recent days and the rain has weakened the ice covering the waters of the region. The Lifesaving Society is warning citizens that it is risky to venture there and it is better to abstain.

"The temperature changes are affecting the quality of the ice to both the surface and below said Helene Mercier, communications coordinator for the Lifesaving Society. Right now, it is warmer, so the ice melts. "

The warning is for both skaters, fishermen, ATV, snowmobile, car and truck. The current state of ice is a hazard. And the consequences can be tragic.

Since last January, two deaths were listed on the waters of Quebec. In 2010, 15 people were killed when the ice had given way under their weight or that of a vehicle.

Despite the deteriorating quality of ice, some people are still venturing on Brome Lake. "It was reckless of the lake," said Pierre Laplante, director of the Fire Department Lake Brome, yesterday morning. He noted the presence of a dozen people on the lake, mainly fishermen.

The City has yet installed signs warning people that "ice is dangerous" and that "access to the lake is prohibited. The ice surface is currently covered with mud, a mixture of snow and water.

Still, some venture there anyway. "Each individual is responsible for his safety," said the director Laplante, saying that he had no power to force a person to leave the water.

Editors note ; Article roughly garbled from the local rags!
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