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Stay Off the Ice: Winnipeg Police

April 22, 2013 7:40 AM | News

Red River

An area of open water on the Red River as seen on Thursday, April 18, 2013. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Police are warning the public to stay off rivers and retention ponds due to thin ice and open water.

Police say all waterways are considered to be unsafe as ice thickness can be very unpredictable.

“Parents, guardians and teachers are asked to remind children of the dangers involving cold water and thin ice. This is an extremely dangerous time as open water on the rivers is swift and very cold,” police said in a release over the weekend.

They also warned that river banks can be slippery and hazardous.

— Staff