As long as lakes keep freezing over, we will not stop seeing these reports.....
By Keith Goldberg
Posted: March 10, 2009 - 2:00 AM
VERNON, N.J. — An ice fisherman fell through the ice and drowned in a small lake Sunday, Vernon Township police said.Police said the family of Luther Stahl Jr., 49, of Franklin, called them Sunday evening after Stahl didn’t return home and didn’t answer his cell phone. They told police the location of a lake in the Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Preservation Area that Stahl frequented. When rescue workers arrived, they determined that Stahl, who was fishing alone, had drowned. His body was recovered from a hole in the ice about 25 yards from the shore.
I would strongly urge anyone who feels compelled to go ice fishing this time of year to take at minimum, these precautions.
1)Do not go ice fishing alone.
2)Wear a life preserver.
3)Have a rope accesible.
4)Have ice-picks on your person at all times.
5)Have a cell phone in a waterproof bag.
This is really sad, but it will not be the last time that this happens. This is an extremely dangerous time of year to be on the ice. If you feel that you absolutely must go, do yourself and your family a favor, and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety.