Safety tips if you are planning to be on the water this weekend(WDAY TV) -- As you can see most of the larger lakes are still ice covered. Although there is some open water on area lakes, it can be deceiving. The ice chunks still left can move very quickly and can be deadly.
(WDAY TV) -- As you can see most of the larger lakes are still ice covered. Although there is some open water on area lakes, it can be deceiving. The ice chunks still left can move very quickly and can be deadly.
As you can see here on Otter Tail Lake there's still a lot of ice left on the lake. Since ice is still on the lake the water temperature is very cold. David Weiss with Otter Tail County Sheriff Water Patrol says even with a life vest on, you can still be in grave danger.
David: "With water temperatures as cold as they are, I would imagine they are in the mid 30s or something like that, with water temperatures you don't have very long before hypothermia sets in and then, and it's called the chill that kills."
If the wind picks up, the ice can shift and move in the direction of your boat. Moving as fast as it does, it has the potential to destroy your boat.
David: "If that sheet starts moving and it moves towards the access or where they have their boat in, they're not going to get out, there going to be trapped open water wherever that would be."
For those of you who can't wait to hit the big waters Weiss has some advice.
David: "If you see the winds blowing and you have some questions, don't do it, like I say it's a long season, the weather will warm up, the ice will leave, and the fish will still be biting."
Weiss says to make sure your cell phones are charged, boat is operating properly, and always wear a life jacket.