ON THIN ICE: Ice-related accidents result in words of warning

COLUMBIA CITY — Although the county has seen several inches of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures, ice on area lakes and ponds is still thin.According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, lakes and ponds may appear to be ideal for winter recreation, but caution is still necessary when venturing out onto the ice.These warnings come after three incidents resulted in water rescues in Indiana counties. Authorities in Hammond reported a 50-year-old man drowned after he fell through the ice while skating with a friend on Wolf Lake in Lake County Wednesday. Area media reported that a man and his dog fell through the ice on a Fort Wayne pond earlier this week. Yesterday Michael Gosnell fell through the ice at a pond near Roush Lake in Huntington County. In all incidents, fire departments responded to the rescues.Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue echos the same words of warning that has been issued by DNR and conservation officers. “The ice is still thin in areas,” LaRue said. “Be very cautious. Check your way and know the area you are going out on.”For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.