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RCMP issues warning snowmobilers to exercise caution travelling on St. Anthony Harbour

['STAR FILE PHOTO <br />Snowmobiles are seen on Tippings Pond in Massey Drive.']
Snowmobiles are seen on Tippings Pond in Massey Drive in a file photo. — SaltWire file

St. Anthony, N.L. — St. Anthony RCMP in a Facebook post have advised snowmobilers to exercise caution when crossing St. Anthony Harbour.

While the harbor may appear frozen, it can be dangerous and potentially life threatening without knowing the condition of the ice, the RCMP said Saturday afternoon.

“Ice must be at least 25 centimetres thick before it can maintain the weight of a snowmobile,” the post stated.

“To freeze to the right thickness, the temperature must be well below freezing for several weeks. Snowmobilers should always check the thickness of ice before venturing out and avoid bodies of water that may not yet be frozen.”

The post said snowmobilers should exercise extreme caution when travelling on ice and always carry emergency equipment. Avoid snowmobiling in the dark, when it is more difficult to detect unsafe conditions. Always wear proper safety equipment that includes a helmet, personal flotation device and appropriate clothing.

“Never ride alone. Snowmobiling and alcohol/drugs don't mix – don’t ride impaired.”

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