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Voyageurs National Park Warns Visitors About Unsafe Ice Conditions

A person in a float suit and life jacket crawls out on the frozen lake surface toward another person submerged in a ice hole as part of a ice rescue training.
Park staff, along with local agencies, conduct yearly training on ice rescues to be prepared for the unexpected.


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News Release Date: November 20, 2018

Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, 218-283-6670

Contact: Ben Welch, 218-283-6658

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN: Voyageurs National Park staff urges visitors to stay off the ice. Only recently, have the below freezing temperatures allowed the lakes to create a thin layer of ice in most areas.

Travel on ice during this time of the year is dangerous and can create a high potential to cause harm to both those needing rescue and the rescuers. Though the presence of ice may invite users to walk on it, or have the belief it is safe to travel across, ice conditions currently vary in thickness and quality. 

Sudden immersion in cold water can induce rapid, uncontrolled breathing, cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness, and other physical body conditions, which can result in drowning. Death can occur within the first minutes of sudden immersion in current water conditions. Be safe! Don’t go out on the ice this time of year.

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Last updated: November 20, 2018

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International Falls, MN 56649


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