Lake Michigan ice shelves are dangerously unpredictable

WEST MICHIGAN — While venturing out onto the ice seems like a fun activity to do in the winter, you could be putting yourself at serious risk.

On Monday, a 15-year-old girl in Park Township saw Lake Michigan's danger firsthand while she was walking her dog along the shore. The girl fell several feet over one of the ice shelves known to form on Lake Michigan during the winter, and could not get back up without help from first responders.

These ice shelves grow slowly throughout the colder months as crashing waves throw water on top of them and it freezes. The freeze is not uniform, meaning the ice is unstable and can have large drops, leaving you stuck between walls of ice you can't make it out of.

The Coast Guard recommends following the acronym I.C.E if you still plan on going out on the frozen water. I is for information so let people know you are heading out on the ice and preferably don't go alone. C is for communication so have your cell phone on you in case you need to call for help. E is for the environment meaning dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared if you do get stranded.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.