Game, Fish And Parks Officials Warn Of Ice Dangers In Early Cool Weather

(KWAT)—Bodies of water in South Dakota are starting to ice over as we head into winter.  But dangers exist if you’re not prepared, or careful.  Dave Lucchesi  is a biologist with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.  He recently went through thin ice on a body of water in Hamlin County. He was trying to rescue a dog that went through while retrieving a bird.  Lucchesi says he finally was able to escape and get back to shore. Fortunately for him, there area where he broke through was only around five feet deep.  But he says it illustrates how dangerous thin ice can be….

The general rule of thumb is that ice should be at least three inches thick to safely walk on, and 12 inches thick to drive a pickup on.